April 2020
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Five Reasons Trail Research Matters

Trails are invaluable assets to any community. When it comes to procuring funding, building coalitions, providing the best trail access and more, trail research is one of the best tools available for showing that worth.

Thinking of Hitting the Trail During COVID-19? Answer These 5 Questions First.
Introduction to Great Trails Workshops: What Makes a Great Trail Great?
National Recreation Trail (NRT) Highlight
The Sarah Zigler Interpretive Trail in Oregon explains the history of the Jacksonville Woodlands Association and how they get hundreds of kids out on the trail every year.
Photo Gallery: Interpretive Signs and Displays Along Trails
Trails and greenways create an opportunity to teach visitors about history, the environment, and the community.
American Trails is Crowdsourcing Survey Questions and We Need Your Help!
Over the last several months we have had several inquiries such as the one below from New York State (NYS). We would love to collect as many survey examples, both motorized and nonmotorized, as possible to create a resource library. Please send examples to taylor@americantrails.org .

Inquiry from New York State: " The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (OPRHP) is developing a statewide, nonmotorized Greenways Plan in 2020. The plan will result in a roadmap for linking our up-and-coming Empire State Trail with existing regional and local trail corridors and planned or undeveloped sections. As part of the Plan we will be engaging the public through multiple avenues, including an online survey. Our office is seeking example surveys used for similar efforts in other states. In doing so, we hope to develop some questions that go beyond just use patterns and demographics, and better inform the needs and trends of current and potential trail users across our state ."
R esources and Training

More Webinar Trainings Through Summer Due to COVID-19
With more people working and being stuck at home, we feel like we can serve the trails community by offering increased options with online training in place of the many conferences that have been canceled/postponed this year. Be on the lookout for new FREE webinars being added, including this month, to our Advancing Trails Webinar Series. Read more…

FREE April 16 Webinar: Equestrian Trail Design and Best Practices from Backcountry to Urban Edge Settings
Best practices for trail design planning, construction, and management in undeveloped natural areas and connecting to urban edge settings. Register today.. .

Trail Tools: Survey, Layout, and Measuring Tools
These are the most commonly used Survey, Layout, and Measuring Tools with tips on using them safely and effectively. Learn more...

A Primer on Trail-Related Liability Issues & Risk Management Techniques
This report concludes that trail-related liability is primarily a management issue. Laws are in place to protect all parties from unwarranted lawsuits and the rest is up to proper design, maintenance, and management. Learn more...

Wetland Trail Design and Construction
Wetland identification, working with wetlands regulation, and trail development in riparian areas. Learn more...

FREE Webinar Recording Available for Trails Move People: Articulating the Impact and Amplifying the Voice of the Trails Community 
In partnership with NOHVCC, this webinar discusses how trails, for too long, have been taken for granted and the true measure of their impact has not been calculated or shared. Download recording...

Search 1,100+ Trail Businesses for Your Next Trail Project
Visit the new and improved American Trails Online Business Directory where over 1,100 businesses and organizations have been included, and more are being added weekly. Browse by category, recommend a business to add, or add your own business with free and paid options. Search the online business directory...

American Trails Website Resources
Check out our training calendar for upcoming conferences and events. You can also find volunteer opportunities here . If you have an opportunity for us to post, please email trailhead@americantrails.org .
Seeking Learning Credits?
American Trails offers learning credits for our Advancing Trails Webinar Series, our International Trails Symposium and Training Institute, and other trail-related conferences, workshops, and webinars. Learn more...
Featured Trail Industry Manufacturer: Nature Bridges
Nature Bridges is a leading bridge construction company that specializes in top down construction of bridges and pedestrian boardwalks through environmentally sensitive areas. Learn more about this company…

Sponsor an American Trails Webinar to Reach 600+ Attendees
American Trails is hosting additional webinars over the next several months to bring trainings to many who are stuck at home during COVID-19. The last few webinars American Trails held brought in 600+ attendees per webinar. Sponsor a webinar as a partner for $250 or make a webinar free to the public for $3,000 (not including any possible discounts). View the fluid webinar schedule for 2020 here . Mention this ad for an additional 10% discount! Contact Candace Gallagher to sponsor a webinar today…

Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities . Learn more here...
TRAILSNext   Talks
TRAILSNext   Series Presented by American Trails

The  TRAILSNext™   Series brings you cutting edge information from leading experts in the trails world on today’s hottest trail topics. These high energy 18-minute presentations were recorded to be made available to folks who were unable to attend this year's International Trails Symposium.

Each month we will be featuring one of these talks in our eNews, and you can purchase the entire series on our website at this   link.

This month we are sharing with you " Trail Stewards " by presenter Hank Osborn .

Overuse and misuse of the most popular outdoor destinations are threatening the ecological integrity of these special places. In the greater New York metropolitan region, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is taking a leadership role in coordinating stewardship efforts to keep up with growing threats. There is no one answer to solving this issue; it is our belief that we can create better outdoor experiences through user education, public participation, and sustainable, on-the-ground solutions. The Trail Conference has joined with land managers and local partners to begin a multi-phased stewardship approach on the Appalachian Trail, at Breakneck Ridge, and in the Catskills. Learn how trail steward and trail-building programs have worked to make the public better informed, more responsible trails users while protecting the resource. Because when trails are used responsibly, they protect both the people who use them and the environment that surrounds them.