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posted Jul 22, 2020

Models for Equine-Based Use of State Fish & Wildlife Lands

by Equine Land Conservation Resource

In June of 2009 the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource examined three models—New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New Mexico—for equine-based use and enjoyment of state game lands (commonly known as Wildlife Management Areas or WMAs) and formulated general recommendations for horsemen in other states seeking access to the same.


posted Jul 22, 2020

Getting Organized – Creating Equestrian Trail Organizations

by Equine Land Conservation Resource

The future ability of people to enjoy and keep horses in open spaces will hinge largely on the efforts of today's equestrian users. What is the alternative? Loss of trails for equestrians. Now is the time to get organized!


posted Jul 22, 2020

2009 Report on Equestrian Access on Federal Land

by American Horse Council

A study done by the American Horse Council to gather information about trail closures or attempted trail closures on federal public lands.


posted Jul 21, 2020

Public Lands Service Corps (PLSC) Evaluation – 2013

The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the impact of the Corps experience on participants in terms of targeted outcomes (e.g., civic engagement, leadership, etc.), their intentions to pursue additional education, and their confidence to obtain employment. Statistically significant increases were observed across all outcome measures in contrast to the general population comparison group.


posted Jul 10, 2020

History of the National Trails System

The National Trails System is the network of scenic, historic, and recreation trails created by the Act in 1968.


posted Jul 8, 2020

Thinking of Hitting the Trail During COVID-19? Answer These 5 Questions First.

by Mike Passo with American Trails

Before you go on any outdoor adventures you need to ask yourself these questions to confirm if your plans are safe and appropriate.


posted Jun 15, 2020

NWTS Best Management Practices

Best Management Practice Goal: The water trail actively engages local communities and trail users, who provide support and advocacy for the maintenance and stewardship of the water trail.


posted Jun 8, 2020

Historical Perspective on Racism in the Outdoors and Looking Forward

Putting the continued fight for equity in the outdoors into historical context, and finding ways to move forward.


posted Jun 5, 2020

Ever Wonder How to Become a JEDI Knight?

It likely comes as little surprise that our trails community does not currently include the full spectrum of people it could. Charles Thomas, executive director of Outward Bound Adventures, is the Obi Wan of JEDI Trail Knights with 40 years of experience bringing more diversity to our trails. At the 2019 International Trails Symposium he spoke about the understanding and motivation to help make trails a transformative place for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.


posted May 20, 2020

How COVID-19 is Affecting the Trails Community

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Recently American Trails conducted a survey of the trails community to find out how this pandemic has impacted trail projects, funding, volunteer work, and more. We also talked to trail users and medical professionals to get their perspective on what they would like to see from the outdoor recreation industry in response to COVID-19.


posted Feb 5, 2020

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.


posted Jan 14, 2020

Signs and Etiquette for Shared-use Urban Trails

by Stuart Macdonald

Encouraging different types of users to share the trail is just as important on urban trails as it is on backcountry trails.