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University of Minnesota - Center for Continuing Education

Recreational Trails: Design, Construction, and Maintenance

This workshop is sponsored by MN DNR Trails and Waterways; Center for Continuing Education, College of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota; and Minnesota Extension Service.

This course is aimed at beginning- to intermediate-level trail planners. Instructors will teach participants how to design and build trails to meet user expectations while minimizing impacts on soil, water, and cultural resources. The focus is on trails used for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and all-terrain vehicles. Construction concepts will apply to interpretive trails, but the course will not cover interpretation techniques. Participants will learn about trail users and the types of experiences that could be offered, construction standards for different types of users, selecting and marking the trail location, clearing the trail, building the tread, structures and techniques for crossing obstacles (wetlands, streams, steep hills, rocky or sandy soil, boulder fields, etc.), trail equipment, signs, and funding sources. Registration is limited to 40 participants at each location.

Cost: $30 (plus lodging if staying on-site)
SAF CFE: 11.0 CFE contact hours in Category 1, Society of American Foresters Continuing Forestry Education Certificate.

This workshop is aimed at land managers, and others, who design, build, or maintain trails on public or private lands, e.g., County foresters and park managers, Municipal recreation managers, National Forest recreation managers, Tribal land managers, Nature center directors, foresters and wildlife managers


  • Mel Baughman, Assistant Dean and Extension Forester, University of Minnesota
  • Brian McCann, Recreational Planner, Minnesota DNR Trails and Waterways
  • Ron Potter, Off Highway Vehicle Coordinator, Minnesota DNR Trails and Waterways

Louise Yount, Project Leader, Sustainable Forests Ed. Coop.
Cloquet Forestry Center, 175 University Road Cloquet, MN 55720
tel: 218-879-0858 fax: 218-879-0855

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This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration under Cooperative Agreement DTFH61-06-H-00023. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration.

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