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published Jul 2005

Rail-Trail Maintenance & Operation

by Tim Poole with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (Northeast Regional Office)

In about two decades, rail-trails have risen from obscurity to become highly valued amenities for many American communities. Rail-trails preserve natural and cultural resources and provide both residents and tourists with attractive places to recreate and safe routes to their destinations.


published Apr 2005

Greenways and Crime on Nearby Properties

This study investigates the question of whether the presence of a greenway increases the risk of crime occurring on the properties adjacent to the greenway.


published Jan 2005

Guidelines for Snowmobile Trail Groomer Operator Training

by International Association of Snowmobile Administrators (IASA)

The purpose of this resource guide is to provide snowmobiling agencies, associations, and clubs with guidelines that are a resource for grooming, maintenance, and increasing community awareness of snowmobile trails.


published Dec 2004

The Washington & Old Dominion Trail: An Assessment of User Demographics, Preferences, and Economics

The Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD) is a 45-mile long transportation and recreation corridor running from Arlington, Virginia, west to Purcellville.


published May 2004

Environmental Aspects of Horses on Trails

by American Trails Staff

Does equestrian use have an impact on stream and lake water quality?


published Nov 2003

Caring for Cairns at Acadia National Park

by National Park Service

Cairns need care. For the trail user, the message is clear: "Preserve the mountain landscape. Please do not add to or build cairns or other rock objects. Leave the mountain and the rocks as you find them."


published Oct 2003

Natural Resource Impacts of Mountain Biking

A summary of scientific studies that compare mountain biking to other forms of trail travel.


published Apr 2003

South Carolina Trails Survey

The purpose of this study was to provide an extensive description of the use of trails in South Carolina.


published Apr 2002

Roadway and Bikeway Maintenance Practices

Specific issues and goals for maintaining bikeways and the roadway edge where the majority of bicycling takes place.


published Feb 2002

Tennessee Off-Highway Vehicle User Survey

by University of Tennessee

The characteristics of OHV users in Tennessee, types of OHV use and trip characteristics, and the perceptions and preferences of OHV users were studied.


published Oct 2001

Nebraska Rural Trails: Three Studies of Trail Impact

Documenting the impact of Nebraska’s developing trail system, using surveys to learn more about usage patterns, public safety, property values, and community quality of life along three rural rail-trails.


published Sep 2001

Estimating the Benefits and Costs to Mountain Bikers of Changes in Trail Characteristics, Access Fees, and Site Closures: Choice Experiments and Benefits Transfer

Tens of millions of North Americans and Europeans own mountain bikes and millions of them are avid trail riders. The growing popularity of mountain biking in many areas has led to increased trail degradation and conflicts among users on single track. This study could be used as a template to estimate benefits and costs to other users (hikers and equestrians), a critical component of any analysis of the types of policies managers must consider.