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published Dec 2019

Organizational Development Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

Specific skills used in development of organizations for trails and greenways work: creating and building a nonprofit organization; managing boards and staff; recruiting, training, and rewarding volunteers; managing finances and legal issues.


published Dec 2019

Trail Design Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

Specific skills used in trails and greenways work: layout of trails; design for different trail activities; types of trails.


published Dec 2019

Partnership and Collaboration Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

Creating and maintaining partnerships; interagency project management; structuring agreements among partners; nurturing cooperation among a variety of recreation and conservation interests; planning trail systems across jurisdictional lines.


published Dec 2019

Resource Protection and Monitoring Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

Specific skills used in management of natural resources that host trails and greenways: monitoring impacts of visitors and natural processes; acquisition and protection of trail corridors; conservation and restoration of habitat and natural areas.


published Dec 2019

Public Outreach, Marketing, and Interpretation Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

Database management; website development; trail and facility inventories; trail assessment and maintenance records; identifying and gathering needed information.


published Dec 2019

Information Management Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

Database management; website development; trail and facility inventories; trail assessment and maintenance records; identifying and gathering needed information.


published Dec 2019

Laws, Regulations, and Policies Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

Specific skills used in Interpreting regulations and legislation; applying federal laws on environmental, historic issues; providing accessible routes under the Americans with Disabilities Act; developing and enforcing trail regulations; responding to legal and liability issues.


published Dec 2019

Trail Planning Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

Specific skills used in planning individual trails and greenways; identifying routes and experiences for park systems; developing plans for regional and statewide systems; developing goals and objectives for trail projects.


published Nov 2019

11 Questions Answered About Trail Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Q&A from the American Trails webinar for JEDI with the purpose of creating a map that can help you identify priorities for your organization and areas where you need more support.


published Nov 2019

Small Business Owners Along the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) Say Trails are Vital to the Economy

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition surveyed 200 small business owners along the CDT and found that 86% say trails are vital to the economy of their communities.


published Nov 2019

The Nature of Trail Aesthetics

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Trailshaping is a system of understanding in which simple, everyday forces shape (generate) the big picture, details, and nuances of all trails and all trail types, as well as context-specific trail planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management.


published Nov 2019

Trails Crossing on Active Railroad Lines

by Stuart Macdonald

One of the most difficult trail facilities to accomplish is a crossing of an active rail line.