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.

This manual does not provide guidance for trail construction and design, except where a maintenance issue can best be resolved by constructing new trail segments. For best practices in design and construction, consult the thorough list of resources provided on the Recreational Trails Program page of the Federal Highway Administration website.

The contents of this manual reflect the views of the author, who is solely responsible for the accuracy of the data presented. This manual does not constitute or supersede standards, specifications, or regulations, and does not establish a legal standard of care for users.


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