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Agencies, Associations, & Programs

Title Description/Web Link
American Trails (Organization) Organization that works to promote and inhance interconnected trails in the United States. They provide a searchable trails bibliography; educational info; and links to trails and greenways resources, products, articles, studies, etc.
http://www.americantrails.org/
Equine Land Conservation Resource National educational not-for-profit organization that encourages trail volunteerism, sustainable trail development and maintenance, trail advocacy, and planning. ELCR addresses farm and ranch land conservation, land use planning, best management practices, liability issues, and equine economic impact for the benefit of equestrians, and equine-related industry.
http://www.ELCR.org
Federal Highway Administration Recreational Trails Program Provides information on government funds for recreation trails program (RTP); guidance on best practices; publications; and many links to trail organizations and resources.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/
Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada Has 182+ publications covering equipment tests, mostly logging related
http://www.feric.ca/en/
International Mountain Bicycling Association Provides information on trail construction, maintenance and management; advocacy tips; impact research, and many links to other organizations and articles.
http://www.imba.com/
National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council Educational foundation promoting safe, responsible, family-oriented off-highway recreational experiences. Provides news, U.S. ride guide, library, resources, workshops, consulting, guidelines for ORVs.
http://www.nohvcc.org/
Professional Trailbuilders Association Formerly "Western Trailbuilders Association." Professional association for trail specialists, trail contractors, trail designers and consultants. Provides contractor contacts, project solutions, used equipment, resources. Hosts an annual trailbuilders conference.
http://www.trailbuilders.org/suppliers.html
Trails Unlimited The US Department of Agriculture Reinvention Program has authorized the Enterprising of a Trails Training Program through Trails Unlimited. Cam Lockwood (proprietor) has been planning, designing, constructing and managing all types of trails and trail systems for the past 26+ years. Cam is considered one of the "Old Ones" - he and his team of retired and current trail experts have decades of experience in "On the Ground" problem solving of difficult trail design, construction, maintenance and reconstruction situations.Cam Lockwood is a founding member of the National Trail Training Partnership (NTTP), a Master Performer for trails and a member of the US Forest Service National Core Team for Trails. Trails Unlimited Team members have helped write the National Trail Contract, Standards and Drawings. They have also helped with the production of several trail program videos and "Tech Tips" Technical Papers. Trails Unlimited has developed a series of Training Modules with detailed manuals, exercises and field applications (see Training Services), and has team members and equipment ready to provide new trail construction, maintenance or reconstruction services.
http://www.fs.fed.us/trailsunlimited/

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Information Resources

Title Description/Web Link
A Soil Bioengineering Guide for Streambank and Lakeshore Stabilization This guide provides information on how to successfully plan and implement a soil bioengineering project, including the application of soil bioengineering techniques. Basic principles and background information on ecology and the stream dynamics needed before attempting a restoration project are also presented.
http://www.fs.fed.us/publications/soil-bio-guide/
All-Terrain Trail-Trailer and Sprayer Modules This publication discusses the all-terrain trail-trailer and sprayer modules. These modules were developed by Trails Unlimited, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Enterprise Team, and San Dimas Technology and Development Center (SDTDC) partner, to meet the maintenance and construction requirements to keep up with the growing demand for trail-based recreation. Trails, often in remote areas, require a trailer with versatility, stability, and ability to travel over rough terrain. The sprayer module (sprayer) was designed to transport water and dust abatement or mulching products in a compact unit.
http://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/php/library_card.php?p_num=0723%201807P
ATV Utility and Gravel Trailer Describes rugged, steel trailer designed to be pulled behind an all-terrain vehicle, suitable for hauling gravel and supplies for trailwork. Special features include an easily detachable dump bed that pivots, an adjustable tailgate for spreading gravel, bunk supports for carrying longer items like posts, and a removable bed that allows long timbers to be secured to the axle and dragged behind the ATV.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/97232310/
Boulder Buster: Breaking Rocks Without Explosives Describes using the Boulder Buster rather than explosives to break rocks larger than 2 meters in diameter or rock walls in 2-meter lifts. The Boulder Buster uses a cartridge resembling a shotgun shell and a column of liquid to generate a high-pressure wave.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/98672840/lc98672840.cfm
Cad Plans for Skid Steer Attachments Company offers plans to build your own skid steer attachments such as backhoe, bucket, ripper,trencher, grapple; some are sized for mini applications; some are hydraulic, some are not.
http://www.cadplans.com/skidsteer.htm
Cattle Guards for off-Highway Vehicle Trails Guide for selection and installation of cattle guards for trails.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/98232826/lc98232826.cfm
Compact Equipment's Attachment Buyer's Guide Annual buyers guide published each January provides an exhaustive list of attachments for compact and small equipment. Also available in magazine form.
http://www.compactequip.com/attachmentbuyersguide.htm
Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds This guidebook provides information for developing trails, trailheads, and campgrounds that are sensitive to the needs of riders and their animals. The emphasis is on highly developed facilities and programs such as those in urban, rural, and some wildland areas. The information presented can be adapted for a variety of settings and levels of development, as well as jurisdictional requirements.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/07232816/
Geosynthetics for Trails in Wet Areas - 2000 Edition This report describes several types of geosynthetics; explains basic geosynthetic design and utilization concepts for trail construction in wet areas; and privies geosynthetic product information. Detailed product specifications and procurement sources are listed.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/00232838/lc00232838.cfm
Improved MTDC Trail Rake for ATVs This report describes an improved trail rake that can be pulled by an all-terrain vehicle to maintain trails. Features include a tine assembly that can be shifted 11 inches to either side and raised from 3 inches below grade to 11 inches above grade, and joystick controls mounted on the handlebar. When the rake's tine assembly is shifted to the side and rotated, the rake can pull soil from berms alongside the trail without requiring the operator to drive off the trail. Parts for the rake cost $2,900 and the rake takes about 15 days to fabricate. This site requires a user name and password (t-d; t-d).
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/06232320/lc06232320.cfm
Managing Degraded Off-Highway Vehicle Trails in Wet, Unstable, and Sensitive Environments The report explains why off-highway vehicle trails become degraded and suggests management options to prevent degradation. It also reports the results of tests comparing different options for hardening off-highway vehicle trails.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/02232821/lc02232821.cfm
Mechanized Trail Equipment - SDTDC Report Reports on mechanized trailbuilding equipment available in 1996.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/96231207/
National Trail Drawings and Specifications US Forest Service National Trail Drawings and Specifications. Trail Construction Related CAD Drawings and Specifications.
http://www.fs.fed.us/.ftproot/pub/acad/dev/trails/trails.htm
National Trails Training Partnership Trail Design and Construction Web Site Resources for building trails and greenways: design guidelines, construction techniques, materials, trail paving and surfacing, and trailhead signs and facilties.
http://www.americantrails.org/resources/trailbuilding/index.html
Off-Highway Vehicle Trail and Road Grading Equipment Describes light-duty grading equipment that can be pulled by an all-terrain vehicle to maintain wide trails and roads. Three pieces of equipment were tested on a sandy motor-cycle trail and a trailhead access road in the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina: a modified trail rock rake, a trail drag, and a commercial product, the Ultra Light Terrain Grader.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/98232837/lc98232837.cfm
Portable Rock Crusher for Trails This document describes the evaluation performed by SDTDC on the Braun Instrument Corporation (BICO) electric Badger Jaw rock Crusher.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/04231301/lc04231301.cfm
Ripper Retrofit for the Sweco 480 Trail Dozer Describes modifications to the ripper system for the Sweco 480 Trail Dozer. When the operator backs the dozer without lifting the ripper system, slots that individual rippers fit into become elongated, allowing the rippers to fall out.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/00232310/lc00232310.cfm
Soil Stabilizers On Universally Accessible Trails This publication provides field personnel with the results of soil stabilizers on universally accessible trails.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/00231202/lc00231202.cfm
The Online Contractors Equipment Directory Source of industry links for parts, services, new and used equipment, and information in the general construction field.
http://www.contractorsequipmentdirectory.com/
Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook: 2004 Edition (0423-2825P-MTDC) This notebook describes techniques used to construct and maintain trails. It is written for trail crew workers and is intended to be taken along on work projects. Numerous illustrations help explain the main points.The notebook was printed in 1996 and has been revised slightly during three reprintings. Revisions in this edition update references and reflect minor editorial changes.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/00232839/
Using Roundup to Treat Trail Surface Vegetation Using Roundup to Treat Trail Surface Vegetation.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/97231305/lc97231305.cfm
Vegetation Management Tools Web Site Veg-Tools is a grass-roots approach for natural resource professionals to share field information regarding restoring and maintaining forest health. Web pages include: Science, Data & Monitoring; Strategic & Project Planning; Business Applications; Community Collaboration; Techniques; Events; and Related Links.
http://www.fs.fed.us./vegtools/index.shtml
Wetland Trail Design and Construction Describes materials and techniques used to construct trails in wetlands.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/01232833/lc01232833.cfm

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Magazines & Newsletters

Title Description/Web Link
Compact Equipment (Magazine) Guide to Dynamic Skid Steer and Compact Equipment Market.
http://www.compactequip.com/
Construction Equipment (Magazine) Buyers' Guides and Information on Construction Equipment
http://www.constructionequipment.com/
Media Guides Canadian Environmental Protection, Contractors Magazine, Landscaping and Groundskeeping, Heavy Equipment, Recycling, Oil & Gas
http://www.baumpub.com/

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Training Opportunities

Title Description/Web Link
ATV Safety Institute Promotes ATV Safety and Awareness
http://www.atvsafety.org/
Trails Unlimited The US Department of Agriculture Reinvention Program has authorized the Enterprising of a Trails Training Program through Trails Unlimited. Cam Lockwood (proprietor) has been planning, designing, constructing and managing all types of trails and trail systems for the past 26+ years. Cam is considered one of the "Old Ones" - he and his team of retired and current trail experts have decades of experience in "On the Ground" problem solving of difficult trail design, construction, maintenance and reconstruction situations.Cam Lockwood is a founding member of the National Trail Training Partnership (NTTP), a Master Performer for trails and a member of the US Forest Service National Core Team for Trails. Trails Unlimited Team members have helped write the National Trail Contract, Standards and Drawings. They have also helped with the production of several trail program videos and "Tech Tips" Technical Papers. Trails Unlimited has developed a series of Training Modules with detailed manuals, exercises and field applications (see Training Services), and has team members and equipment ready to provide new trail construction, maintenance or reconstruction services.
http://www.fs.fed.us/trailsunlimited/
Updated: 02/11/2014
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