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posted Feb 5, 2018

Operations, Maintenance, and Stewardship 101

by Robert Searns with The Greenway Team

It's not as glamorous as building the trail. There is no ribbon cutting for a maintenance program and seldom does upkeep win a national award. Yet, operations, maintenance, and stewardship are essential to the safe use, enjoyment, and long-term success of any trail.

  • tags: sustainability, risk management, safety, cost, revenue, marketing
categories: Building and Maintenance, Advocacy and Promotion

posted Mar 1, 2018

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative’s Sustainable Trails Program

by Colorado Fourteeners Initiative

Colorado’s iconic “Fourteeners,” the 54 peaks exceeding 14,000 feet in elevation, draw an estimated 500,000 hiker use days annually from state residents and out-of-state tourists.

  • tags: sustainable, sustainability
categories: Building and Maintenance

posted Mar 1, 2018

Armand Bayou Hiking Trail Restoration Project, Texas

Funded by a Recreational Trails Program grant from Texas' state trails program, this trail rehabilitation project at a nonprofit nature center used a wide variety of funding and volunteer assistance.

  • tags: nature trail, restoration, rtp, conservation corps
categories: Funding, Planning and Management, Building and Maintenance

posted Mar 1, 2018

Improving the California Coastal Trail at Lands End

by Kate Bickert with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Community partnerships enabled improvements to the Coastal Trail at Lands End for safe and accessible recreation that also protects native landscape, plants, and wildlife.

  • tags: rehabilitation
categories: Building and Maintenance

posted Mar 3, 2018

Pioneer-Cabin, High Ridge, and Federal Gulch Trails Reconstruction

by USDA Forest Service

Funded by a Recreational Trails Program grant from Idaho's state trails program, this trail rehabilitation project was completed by the Northwest Youth Corp and a volunteer day organized with the Boy Scouts of America.

  • tags: rehabilitation, restoration, fire, rtp
categories: Building and Maintenance, Youth Corps

posted Mar 3, 2018

Trail Conditions Inventory and Assessment in Northwest New Jersey

by New York - New Jersey Trail Conference

This project identifies trail maintenance needs to be addressed by NY-NJ Trail Conference volunteer trail crews.

  • tags: rtp, technology
categories: Building and Maintenance, Volunteers

posted Mar 5, 2018

Maintenance Checklist for Greenways and Urban Trails

by Jed Wagner with Denver Parks and Recreation Department

Denver has 130 miles of paved trails, open 24 hours a day and maintained for year-round use. Snow removal begins at 5 a.m. after winter storms.

  • tags: greenway, urban, maintenance
categories: Building and Maintenance

posted Mar 5, 2018

Trail Operation and Maintenance Requirements

The County of Cumberland, NJ studied a series of railroad corridors for possible trail use including maintenance responsibilities. The Feasibility Study was written by Campbell Thomas & Co. of Philadelphia, PA.

  • tags: maintenance, operation
categories: Building and Maintenance

posted Mar 5, 2018

Comparing Relative Impacts of Various Trail User Groups

by Woody Keen with Trail Dynamics

A summary of research and studies on factors that affect trails management strategy and determining uses for each trail.

  • tags: opinion
categories: Building and Maintenance

posted Mar 6, 2018

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."

  • tags: trail signs, cairns
categories: Building and Maintenance