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Reducing Impacts, Reusing Land, and Recycling a Healthy Lifestyle and Landscape

This session will promote the benefits of conducting critical focus on whether your area’s trails are really producing the healthy lifestyle benefits they should and at the lowest environmental impact possible.

Speakers: Scott Linnenburger, Kay-Linn Enterprises, American Trails Board Member; Ben Blitch, Professional Trailbuilder B4 Consulting and Construction


This session will promote the benefits of conducting critical focus on whether your area’s trails are really producing the healthy lifestyle benefits they should and at the lowest environmental impact possible. This ReThought process is aimed at reducing the resource impacts of trails and employing previously unused land to encourage an active lifestyle and appreciation of healthy ecosystems.

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The influence of use-related, environmental, and managerial factors on soil loss from recreational trails

This research investigated the influence of several use-related, environmental, and managerial factors on soil loss on recreational trails and roads at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, a unit of the U.S. National Park Service.

All-Terrain Vehicle Sustainability Assessments

The sustainable management of ATV use is an expensive proposition requiring careful design, construction, and maintenance of ATV trails.

Assessing the Condition and Sustainability of the Trail System at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

This research assessed the condition and sustainability of the trail system at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, a National Park Service unit that partners with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in the management of this unit.

The Influence of Layout on Appalachian Trail Soil Loss, Widening, and Muddiness

This research investigates the influence of layout and design on the severity of trail degradation.