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posted May 3, 2018

Porous asphalt shows advantages for trail surfacing

by Stuart Macdonald

A Wisconsin community sees benefits in a different mix of asphalt.

  • tags: surfaces
categories: Building and Maintenance

posted May 3, 2018

The Art of Building Crushed Stone Trails

by Tony Boone

Crushed stone trails provide a user-friendly, all-season surface for all types and ages of visitors, including strollers, wheelchairs, and road bikes.

  • tags: surfaces
categories: Building and Maintenance

posted May 3, 2018

Rio Grande Trail Corridor Study: Trail Surfacing Report

This report sorts through the various choices for the most "economical and sustainable" types of trail surfacing options along the proposed Rio Grande Trail corridor from Belen to Sunland Park, New Mexico.

  • tags: surfaces
categories: Building and Maintenance

posted May 16, 2018

Recreational Horse Trails in Rural and Wildland Areas: Design, Construction and Maintenance

American Trails Magazine editor, Stuart Macdonald, reviews Dr. Wood's equestrian trail book.

  • tags: wilderness, equestrian, preservation
categories: Design, Building and Maintenance

posted May 16, 2018

Backcountry Horsemen "Leave No Trace" Trainer Programs

by American Trails Staff

BCHA teaches Leave No Trace principles to stock users.

  • tags: wilderness, safety, preservation, equestrian
categories: Building and Maintenance, Volunteers

posted May 16, 2018

"Defensive Horse Safety" Training Course

by American Trails Staff

A presentation on remaining safe while performing such tasks as catching, leading, tying, grooming, bridling, and saddling stock.

  • tags: safety, equestrian
categories: Building and Maintenance

posted May 23, 2018

Geosynthetics for Trails in Wet Areas: 2008 Edition

Guidelines for use of Geosynthetic materials in trail construction.

  • tags: surfaces
categories: Design, Building and Maintenance

posted May 23, 2018

Building Better Asphalt Trails

Design and construction guidelines for asphalt trails.

  • tags: surfaces
categories: Design, Building and Maintenance

posted May 23, 2018

Used steel well casings make better culverts

The next time you need some culverts on your trail try used steel casings. You'll like them!

  • tags: maintenance
categories: Design, Building and Maintenance

posted May 23, 2018

Know what's underground for safe trail work

Trail building and installing sign posts can lead to accidental damage to buried pipelines and cables. Call 811 from anywhere in the country a few days prior to digging, and your call will be routed to your local One Call Center.

  • tags: utilities
categories: Building and Maintenance