Trail Design & Maintenance

For trails to be considered “sustainable” they must meet these recreational needs while providing adequate protection to the environment while minimizing trail maintenance.

Trails act as the primary transportation network for roadless portions of protected natural areas. They encourage the public to get out and enjoy natural settings without harming them. For trails to be considered “sustainable” they must meet these recreational needs while providing adequate protection to the environment while minimizing trail maintenance. Poorly designed trails require frequent maintenance and are often susceptible to excessive erosion, muddiness, and tread widening. Poorly designed trails are also less enjoyable and less safe to hike due to these impacts and to steep grades.

 

Webinars on YouTube that you might like

Water Management on Legacy Trails

Nov 16, 2023

This webinar will discuss the challenges of legacy trails, examine with photos and commentary commonly built trail features, and applying the SET test to them. It will also discuss the renovation of existing features and the construction of new trail features that comply with the SET criteria.

CEQA Strategies to Streamline Wildfire Fuel Reduction

Jun 18, 2020

The session will provide an overview of the new statewide California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) and provide practical and helpful “how to” information about using the CalVTP Program EIR (instead of your own!) to streamline fire fuel projects.

More resources in this category

Ice Age National Scenic Trail: Trail Stewardship Notebook

posted Mar 27, 2024

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail (NST) is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting Wisconsin’s renowned Ice Age heritage and scenic beauty. The Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) and its partners can shape users’ experiences. As stewards of the land and the Trail, we can help users develop a connection with the land and create a sense of wonder — even pique their curiosity enough to further explore the Trail.

Winter Bike Lane Maintenance

posted Nov 25, 2023

This white paper provides collected best practices on winter bikeway maintenance as seen in US cities and around the world. The paper covers snow removal from bikeways, different types of de-icing surface applications and their advantages/disadvantages, and best practices for winter maintenance prioritization and scheduling. The paper also includes a brief discussion on innovative winter maintenance techniques either in use or in development.

Winter Maintenance Resource Guide

posted Nov 25, 2023

Who is responsible for winter maintenance—property owners or government agencies—and what are the challenges?

Environmentally Sustainable Trail Management

posted Jul 15, 2022

This guide considers the environmental impacts of particular activities, viz., hiking and camping, off road vehicles and recreational boats, as well as impacts specific to certain ecosystems.


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