February 2020
Maintenance Management Systems for Trails

A maintenance management system provides the framework to plan, prioritize, schedule, and track maintenance.

Immediate Action Needed by All Trail Enthusiasts!
 The Coalition for Recreational Trails calls on all trail organizations and trail enthusiasts to take action immediately to continue and to expand the Recreational Trails Program.
Northwest Youth Corps is Recruiting (Sponsored Content)
Now recruiting skilled adult conservation crew members and leaders to join Northwest Youth Corps. Put your skills to the test in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Spend your days outdoors completing meaningful conservation projects on public lands!
2019 National Recreation Trail (NRT) Photo Contest Winners
The 2019 NRT Photo Contest winners have been announced! Check out the winning photos.
Jim Schmid reviews Chuck Flink's newest book "The Greenway Imperative: Connecting Communities and Landscapes for a Sustainable Future."
R esources and Training

FREE February Webinar: Solutions for Managing Conflict on Shared-Use Trails
This webinar is FREE to the public, thanks to a generous sponsorship from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), and the Federal Highway Administration. Register today...

Two new studies have been released. Read more...

What is the Typical Width of a Shared-Use Trail?
The best answer that you will get for how wide a trail should be is “it depends.” Read more...

Search 1,000+ Trail Businesses for Your Next Trail Project
Visit the new and improved American Trails Online Business Directory where over 1,000 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.
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: Pannier Graphics
Pannier manufactures a full range of durable signage, panels, bases, and frames, all designed for the harshest environments. Learn more about this company…

First Time Advertisers Save 10%
New advertisers can save 10%, on top of additional discounts for being a member and having multiple ads. Opportunities include our monthly Trail Tracks e-Newsletter, Advancing Trails Webinar Series, Online Business Directory, and more. View the advertising options...
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 " Rails to Trails " by presenter Liz Thorstensen.

Liz describes her presentation by saying, " At Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, we believe in the transformative power of connected trail networks. When trail networks are embraced as vital community assets, they bring powerful solutions for addressing issues as far ranging as chronic disease, resiliency, mobility, social equity and economic growth. We are committed to connecting trails and building comprehensive trail systems that bring people together and get them where they want to go. In eight diverse places across the country, RTC is invested in digging in with hundreds of partners to make trail networks happen. These TrailNation projects are incredibly unique but share a common goal: to prove the potential of trails in delivering significant outcomes."