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posted May 23, 2018

Building Better Asphalt Trails

Design and construction guidelines for asphalt trails.

  • tags: surfaces
categories: Design, Building and Maintenance

posted Jul 20, 2018

Nature Trail Development on Small Acreages

by University of Arkansas

The purpose of this publication is to provide an introduction to trail design for those who intend to develop trails for nature walking, hiking, horseback riding or ATVs on less than 40 acres. Some technical aspects are presented for those planning to expend resources for constructing trails such as around schoolyards or community facilities or as part of a wildlife enterprise.

  • tags: nature trail, sustainable
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

posted May 23, 2018

Best Management Practices for Erosion Control During Trail Maintenance and Construction

Trail construction and maintenance may involve impacts to wetlands and other natural resources: an understanding of these impacts and methods to minimize them.

  • tags: maintenance
categories: Building and Maintenance

posted May 23, 2018

Okanogan Trail Construction tackles difficult Ajax section of Arizona Trail

Completing the Arizona Trail required careful planning and technical construction of the Ajax Section through a rocky canyon.

  • tags: conservation corps
categories: Design, Building and Maintenance

posted Apr 18, 2018

Mules and horsemen aide in collaborative trail maintenance on the Sheltowee Trace

During a groundbreaking effort between horsemen and hikers and Daniel Boone National Forest Service personnel, supplies to improve a section of the Sheltowee Trace NRT were moved by two mules and a dozen workers to a site near Bark Camp Creek.

  • tags: conservation corps
categories: Building and Maintenance, Volunteers, General Interest

posted Jan 3, 2018

Sustainable Trails: Doing it Right the First Time

by John Favro with TrailsGuy, LLC Trails Consulting

When you construct or reroute a trail, you are putting a structure on the landscape that will be there, in good or bad condition, for 100 years or more in most places. So why not do it right?

  • tags: sustainability
categories: Design, Building and Maintenance

posted Jan 4, 2018

Optimizing Trail Grade: The Key to Creating Sought-After Trails

by Randy Martin with Trailscape

Designers and land managers should consider the benefits of lengthening trails to lower the average grade while at the same time including short sections that are much steeper.

  • tags: equestrian, mountain biking
categories: Design, Building and Maintenance