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American Trails presents "Build a Sustainable Trail that Lasts 100 Years" as a part of the American Trails "Advancing Trails Webinar Series"



Build a Sustainable Trail that Lasts 100 Years

American Trails presented this Webinar on December 7, 2017 with Michael Osborne with Five Rivers MetroParks. This webinar explores the critical components and processes necessary for truly sustainable trail design and construction.


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We plant trees for our Grandchildren to enjoy, why should we expect any less of the trails we build? The challenges of balancing ecological protection, physical management and social demands on natural surface hiking, equestrian, mountain biking and multi-use trails can be overwhelming. However, it is possible to meet these challenges by creating sustainable trails that are designed to last into the next century. We'll cover the critical components and processes necessary for truly sustainable trail design and construction, along with engaging all your agency departments, stakeholders, user groups and volunteers. What is a sustainable trail?




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Michael Osborne is a Park Manager with Five Rivers MetroParks of Dayton, Ohio. In his 11 years with MetroParks, he has worked as a Park and Trail Technician and Park Manager, helping to develop, build and maintain the 29 mile Twin Valley Backpacking Trail and worked in design, construction and repair throughout MetroParks' 75 miles of hiking trails and 30 miles of Equestrian Trails. He's conducted staff, public and volunteer design and construction trainings and sits on the Strategic Trails Initiative Committee. Now, serving as Chairman of the Trails Manual Sub-Committee, he helped develop Five Rivers MetroParks Trail Design and Maintenance Standards Manual. He an avid outdoorsman and Scout leader with over 45 years’ experience hiking and camping across the United States. Email:



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American Trails Resources on Trail Design and Construction

Professional Trail Builders Association
Trade organization.  Professional website featuring publication reviews, contractors, tool vendors etc.

International Mountain Bikers Association IMBA
Advocacy group specializing in mountain bike trails with large resource links section for all trails

Standard Forest Service National Trail Specifications
Engineering Management Publication EM–7720–103, Standard Specifications for Construction and Maintenance of Trails

U.S. Forest Service Standard Trail Bridge Drawings and Design Aids

Accessible Sidewalks and Trails
The Federal Highway Administration has published Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access, a two-part report on pedestrian accessibility:

State of Ohio Department of Transportation “Bike and Pedestrian Planning and Design Guidelines”



“Trail Planning, Design and Development Guidelines”
State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) 2007 publication. Trails and Waterways Division, St. Paul, MN

Appalachian Trail Manual     
Appalachian Trail Conference  Harpers Ferry, WV  Trail design, construction & maintenance $14.95

IMBA Trail Solutions
Publication on sustainable trail design and construction.  International Mountain Bicycling Assoc.  Boulder, CO  $35.00


Federal Highway Administration Trail Resource Publications
   Recreational Trails Materials Order Form
FHWA website


  • Trail Construction & Maintenance Notebook 2007        
    Easy to understand, trail construction how – to, tips & techniques
  • Wetland Trail Design & Construction                 
    Specialized wetland trail manual, types of wetlands, treads, bridges etc.
  • Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads and Campgrounds            
    Specific to horse trails design, philosophy and amenities
    Trail Training DVD                       
     Topics include:  Handtools, Ax Use, Switchbacks, Maintenance, Water Control, etc.
  • Building Mountain Bike Trails DVD                    
    Companion DVD to the IMBA Trail Solutions Manual 

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