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arrow From the Spring 2010 issue of American Trails Magazine


Trail Planning for California Communities

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A new book that originated in California will be of great help to trail planners across the country. Trail Planning for California Communities offers planners, advocates, developers, and trail managers a comprehensive approach for transforming their vision into reality.

Based on the premise that successful trail development depends on community involvement throughout the life of the project, the book also assumes that every component of design, construction, maintenance, and funding must be considered during the early stages of the process and reassessed as the project moves from planning to implementation.

While the book is essential for those working on Golden State projects, the sheer level of detail and the comprehensive coverage of every trail issue makes this a valuable resource nationwide:

• Purpose & Value of Trails
• Policies and Regulations
• Building the Trail Community
• Legal Rights and Concerns
• Trail Design
• Environmental Review and Permitting of Trails
• Funding Trails
• Maintenance & Operations

The book received the Outstanding Environmental Resource Document Award for 2010 from the CA chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals. Read more about the 429-page book from Solano Press at or call (800) 931-9373 to order.


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