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published Jul 2022

Trail Design & Maintenance

by Jeffrey Marion with U.S. Geological Survey

For trails to be considered “sustainable” they must meet these recreational needs while providing adequate protection to the environment while minimizing trail maintenance.


published Jan 2022

Choosing the Right Tools for Building Trails

by Tools for Trails

Tools for Trails discusses the importance of the right tools for every job.


published May 2021

Sensing the Trail

by Arwen Brenneman with Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd.

Levaware systems is offering IoT intelligence to create a new type of trailhead.


published Mar 2021

National Crosscut and Chainsaw Program

The National Crosscut and Chainsaw Program was created to train smart volunteer and professional sawyers across the nation.


published Nov 2020

Concrete Trails Keep You on the Right Path

by Philip Kresge with National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

If a hard surface recreational trail is in your future, you owe it to yourself to look at the benefits of cost, construction and long term reduced maintenance that can only come with a trail paved with concrete. (This article is sponsored content.)


published May 2020

Improving the Sustainability of the Appalachian Trail

by U.S. Geological Survey

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) is a unique internationally recognized protected natural area encompassing more than 250,000 acres and a 2,190-mile footpath from Maine to Georgia.


published Feb 2020

Maintenance Management Systems for Trails

by Lois Bachensky with USDA Forest Service

Trails work on federal lands is planned through a maintenance management system.


published Dec 2019

Albany-Hudson Electric Trail Trail Maintenance Plan

by Hudson River Valley Greenway

The AHET is a 36-mile bicycling and pedestrian “rail-trail“ from the City of Rensselaer to the City of Hudson in Rensselaer and Columbia Counties on an actively used National Grid owned right of way. Trail


published Dec 2019

Best Practices in Trail Maintenance

by Purdue University, College of Engineering

This manual is intended for practical use by trail maintenance managers. It will also be useful for policy makers who are tasked with anticipating and planning for maintenance budget and personnel needs. The recommendations included in this manual were chosen, in part, to facilitate widespread adoption by other trail operators. They are cost-effective solutions that require minimal technological or financial commitments.


published Dec 2019

National Scenic and Historic Trails Training Needs Assessment

by Elvin Clapp with Bureau of Land Management

Survey of skills and competencies to assist in developing a national training strategy for National Scenic and Historic Trails


published Dec 2019

Trail Maintenance Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

Specific skills used in maintenance of trails and greenways: maintenance of trails; repair of various trail elements; maintenance of trailheads and related facilities.


published Dec 2019

Trail Construction Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

Specific skills used in trails and greenways work: construction of trails; construction of various trail elements; construction of trailheads and related facilities.