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Three national scenic trails have become the country’s newest National Parks, raising the total number of existing parks from 425 to 428.
The Trails Capacity Program is administered by American Trails, and funds trail maintenance, research, and stewardship training across the country, serving all types of trail users.
Our new Pathways eNewsletter is a summary of the professional development opportunities American Trails and others offer.
This new five-part series of online micro-learning courses is intended to provide those new to the trails workforce with a baseline understanding of terminology and concepts that give them a solid foundation to support future trails education and ongoing professional development.
Have you ever wondered how to create a trails coalition in your state or region? This article shares some pointers and discusses the results of a nationwide survey of trails coalitions conducted by American Trails in February 2023.
From our webinar archive we bring you Engaging Kids on Trails: A National Trails Day Fireside Chat.
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.
Who is responsible for winter maintenance—property owners or government agencies—and what are the challenges?
Humans and wildlife interact in multifaceted ways on public lands with both positive and negative outcomes for each group. When managed well, wildlife-based tourism and other forms of recreation can benefit conservation goals.
Regardless of our intentions, many species perceive humans as a threat and respond accordingly. In general, animals respond to threats by first increasing vigilance (time spent looking around versus foraging), and running away if the threat is perceived to be imminent.