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posted Jul 2, 2018

Trails of Vernon, New Jersey are a Community Effort

A one hour drive from New York City brings you to the bucolic settings of Vernon, New Jersey nestled in at 435’ above sea level. Vernon provides an ideal environment for those that love nature all year round.

  • tags: greenway, wildlife, urban
categories: Building and Maintenance, Volunteers, Benefits of Trails

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 Jul 11, 2018

FAQ: What are the guidelines for constructing an ADA compliant remote access trail path in National Forests?

by American Trails Staff

On September 26th the U.S. Forest Service released the agency’s 2013 Accessibility Guidebook on Outdoor Recreation and Trails that updates the agency’s direction on providing recreational opportunities accessible to everyone.

  • tags: faq, accessibilty, parks, federal
categories: Building and Maintenance

posted Apr 3, 2018

California Conservation Corps Learn New Skills on Accessible Urban Trail

San Diego County partnered with the California Conservation Corps to develop an accessible trail surfaced with hardened crushed granite material from TechniSoil LLC.

  • tags: accessibilty, conservation corps
categories: Building and Maintenance, Youth Corps, General Interest, Trail Spotlights

posted Apr 18, 2018

Volunteers are making ambitious trail partnerships work

by Back Country Horsemen of America

Equestrians work with Forest Service and Conservation Corps for effective trail maintenance

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

posted Jul 23, 2018

Sustainability of Backcountry Trails

by National Park Service

A document providing the basis for the most sustainable backcountry trail for all trail types with the least impact to natural, historic, cultural and aesthetic resources.

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

posted Jul 17, 2018

FAQ: Constructing a 10' bike trail without having to relocate power poles

by American Trails Staff

What can you do when a proposed bike trail encounters obstacles such as power poles.

  • tags: faq, urban, utilities
categories: Building and Maintenance

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 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 May 30, 2018

Sustainable Trails: More Than Maintenance

by Karen Umphress with National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)

So what makes a trail wholly sustainable? According to Tom Crimmins there are four keys aspects: Resource Sustainability, Economic Sustainability, Experience Sustainability, and Political Sustainability

  • tags: sustainability, risk management, safety, cost
categories: Building and Maintenance