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Aug 27, 2020

Balancing Recreational Area Use with Homelessness and Vagrancy

This webinar will share how the City of Modesto, CA, dealt with the challenge of homelessness and vagrancy in their parks and trails.


posted Oct 20, 2020

More Than a Pet Peeve - Dogs Off Leash

by Lora Goerlich

Contributing author and equine trail expert Lora Goerlich shares her thoughts on why leash laws need to be taken seriously.


published Jul 8, 2014

FAQ: Is There a Universal Difficulty Rating System for OHV Trails?

by American Trails Staff

Generally there are no difficulty ratings for OHV trails.


published Sep 1, 2000

Trail Effects on Neighborhoods: Home Value, Safety, Quality of Life

​Are trails safe? How do they affect property values of adjacent residents?


Oct 22, 2020

Make it Count: Collecting and Applying Trail Count Data

Learn from industry experts, advocates, and practitioners about how to collect and apply trail count data, and how to leverage that data in order to achieve meaningful, tangible changes in your community.


published Aug 14, 2019

6 Solutions for Managing Multi-Use Trails and Conflict

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Let’s face it. Motorized, equestrian, biking, and hiking users do not always get along. When conflicts inevitably arise, what do we do, and how can we avoid it in the first place?


Oct 15, 2020

Using Volunteers to Maintain Trails in Parks

Learn the ins and out of developing a program by establishing trust and delegating to a volunteer leader so an employee can manage the project.


published Nov 7, 2019

Safe Encounters with Horses on Shared-Use Trails

by Dianne Martin

American Trails contributor Dianne Martin shares some tips on how to safely share trails with horses.


published Feb 17, 2011

FAQ: Trash on trails

by American Trails Staff

Solutions to trash on trails


published Oct 25, 2012

FAQ: Are service dogs allowed on publicly accessible preserves?

by American Trails Staff

Requirements for visiting parks with a service dog or pet may vary, so be sure to check each park's regulations before you visit.


published Mar 15, 2011

Basic Facts on Department of Justice Rule on Power-Driven Mobility Devices for Accessibility

by Stuart Macdonald

On March 15, 2011, new Department of Justice rules took effect, specifying the “other power-driven mobility devices” (OPDMD) that could be used on trails by “individuals with mobility disabilities.” If you manage a trail that is open to the public this rule applies to your facility.


Oct 1, 2020

Managing High-Use Trails

Learn how trail steward and trailbuilding programs have worked to make the public better informed, more responsible trails users while protecting the resource.