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published Jun 2015

Accessibility in the National Park Service

by National Park Service

While notable advancements have been made, much is needed to break down the barriers and embrace greater inclusivity. Parks, programs, and leaders across the service need more education, guidance, support, and resources to create more welcoming experiences for a broad spectrum of audiences.


published May 2015

New York Avenue Rail-with-Trail

by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)

The purpose of this study is to provide a preliminary assessment and concept plan for developing a shared-use path along the New York Avenue corridor within the defined study area. Conducted as the first phase of determining feasibility for trail development, this preliminary assessment did not include extensive stakeholder outreach but can be used to inform future public participation and stakeholder outreach efforts in the next phase of planning.


published Apr 2015

The Milwaukee Method of Creative Placemaking

The Milwaukee Method focuses on culturally-sensitive neighborhood development based on the interests of independent and institutional stakeholders. The method acknowledges that cultural workers such as artists, makers, and creative entrepreneurs are critical to influencing neighborhood development.


published Feb 2015

New Zealand Cycle Trail Design Guide

The New Zealand Cycle Trail Design Guide draws on a wealth of trail design and construction techniques from New Zealand and around the world. The goal is to streamline the design process for building sustainable trails that meet the expectations of the target audience, and require minimum ongoing maintenance.


published Jan 2015

Planning and Zoning Guide for Horse Friendly Communities

by Christine Hughes

Since land is saved locally, it is vital that horsemen understand the basics of planning and zoning and how this impacts horse keeping, breeding, competing and recreating, as well as equine related businesses in their communities, in order to retain access to horses and enjoy their benefits.


published Jan 2015

Trail design guidelines from city of Toronto

This guidebook benefits from a very clear presentation and covers many examples of urban trail situations. Specific design features for all types of trails and related facilities are included.


published Dec 2014

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Foundation Document

by National Park Service

The core components of this foundation document include a brief description of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the nature and purposes of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, significance statements, fundamental resources and values, and interpretive themes. These components are core because they typically do not change over time. Core components are expected to be used in future planning and management efforts.


published Nov 2014

Universal Access Trails and Shared Use Paths

by Debra Wolf Goldstein, Esq. with Conservation Matters, LLC, Larry Knutson with Penn Trails LLC

This manual reviews Best Management Practices (“BMPs”) to utilize when planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining pedestrian trails for universal accessibility.


published Oct 2014

Massachusetts Trails Guidelines and Best Practices Manual

by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

The health and happiness of people across Massachusetts depend on the accessibility and quality of our green infrastructure - our natural resources, recreational facilities, and great historic landscapes.


published Sep 2014

Ashuwilticook Rail Trail Abutter Survey

This survey will not only aid Trail managers and local officials in managing the existing trail and its users, but aid future planners in locating and designing trails that maximize benefits while reducing impacts.


published Jun 2014

QUESTIONS and ANSWERS from webinar on Mountain Trail Sustainability

by Hugh Duffy with National Park Service

Webinar Follow up Questions & Answers, by Hugh Duffy, National Park Service


published Apr 2014

Palmetto Trail Statewide Master Plan

by Palmetto Conservation Foundation, Alta Planning + Design

The Palmetto Trail Statewide Master Plan establishes a ten-year vision for completing and expanding the Palmetto Trail from South Carolina's mountains to its coast.