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News and resources from National Trails Training Partnership

A great opportunity for anyone interested in furthering their education in the trails field is the National Trails Training Partnership. The goal of this initiative is to make training and resources more available to trail managers, volunteers, agency staff, and nonprofit groups across America.

Initially funded by the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration, the NTTP is growing as more organizations and agencies sign up. American Trails is the lead partner in developing and nurturing this effort, and we'd like to enlist your support. Just visit the Web site at and sign up. If you'll let us know about your workshops, classes, publications for sale, and other trail-related resources, we'll help make your group more visible in the trails community.

Resources available at

One of the first tasks of the Partnership is to develop an on line clearing house for trails training resources. The Web site for the National Trails Training Partnership is hosted by You'll find hundreds of articles, resources, and links to organizations as well as a big calendar of trail-related training opportunities. Check it out and put us on your list to receive news releases!

New member organizations

  • Appalachian Mountain Club (NH)
  • California State Parks/Angeles District (CA)
  • Clemson University (WV)
  • Conservation Leadership Training Initiative (CO)
  • Contrax Enterprise (PA)
  • Equestrian Land Resource Center (national)
  • Florida Four Wheel Drive Association (FL)
  • Gotham City Land Cruisers (NY)
  • National Association of Service and Conservation Corps
  • Ozark Greenways (MO)
  • Urban Edges, Inc. (CO)

Trail Training Partners provide resources

Register with NTTP and let us know about what kinds of trails training and resources you offer. We are eager to promote and publicize the publications and classes made available by NTTP partner organizations. Join us!

Clemson University manages trail system

Clemson University of South Carolina's trails program is located in the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences. The campus manages a 110-mile shared-use trail system embedded in the 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest. While some of the trail construction dates back to the CCC days of the 1930s, most of the trail system was user-developed. The trails program is in the midst of a long-term project of re-design and renovation of this system. Principal users are equestrians and mountain bikers.

To date most of the trails program research and development efforts have been aimed at equestrian trails as this is seen as an area of greatest need. One publication in this area is the booklet on Recommended Best Management Practices for Equestrian Trails.

Clemson's trails program has also conducted four major conferences on equestrian trails and several workshops on trail construction. The latest of these workshops was on "Trail Construction with Mechanized Equipment" which was held in March 2002. Clemson also sponsors "Leave No Trace" workshops for equestrian trail users as well as general trail design and construction workshops using the university's trails system. A series of CDs is planned on trail construction in the eastern U.S. and on equestrian trail use with minimum impact.

For more on the classes and publications of the Clemson University trails program see

Join NTTP and help us spread the word

It is simple to register with the National Trails Training Partnership. Just visit us at and send in the form about your group and training opportunities. Then put us on your mailing list for events and workshops. Thanks!

The National Trails Training Partnership
American Trails, P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797(530) 605-4395Fax: (530)

The National Trails Training Partnership is an alliance of Federal agencies, training providers, nationwide supporters, and providers of products and services. Visit the online calendar of training opportunities, access hundreds of trail-related resources, read the news, learn how you can help, and see training resources in your state.

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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