Well designed recreational trails can allow you and your family to enjoy the best of what your woodland has to offer.
These webinars are are supported by a 32-page publication, Trail Design for Small Properties. The complete publication can be ordered here. Similar content appears in the 2010 UMN Extension book Woodland Stewardship: A Practical Guide for Midwestern Landowners. Click to review a free PDF version of chapter 13: Recreational Trail Design.
Recorded webinars (January 2011):
These presentations offer the basic knowledge necessary to design, construct, and maintain sustainable trails for hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-highway motorcycling, and all terrain vehicles. Sustainable trails require minimal maintenance because their design and materials hold up to intensive recreational use and severe weather conditions.
Recreational Trail Design, Part 1 covers how to determine trail uses, select the trail corridor, establish trail design standards, mark exact trail location, clear the trail, and construct the tread. (The recording of this presentation will appear here on January 22, 2010.)
After watching, please fill in the quick Part 1 evaluation form.
Part 2 covers how to install structures to cross obstacles (e.g., a hillside, slopes and cliffs, wet soil, waterways and gullies, roads and fences), sign the trail, and install facilities that support the trail.
After watching, please fill in the quick Part 2 evaluation form.
The instructor is Dr. Mel Baughman, Extension Forester and Program Leader from the University of Minnesota Extension. He has taught this subject for many years to hundreds of family forest owners and natural resource professionals.