University of Vermont

Vermont Tourism Research Center

VTRC Research and Outreach: recreation & trail use

Vermont Trail Collaborative Stewardship and Communication Work Group

The Stewardship and Communication Work Group focuses on expanding and prioritizing efforts to:

  • Develop a common set of trail behavior expectations regardless of land ownership,
  • Increase volunteerism and user stewardship across all user groups,
  • Increase the amount and quality of information and education available as tools to address resource and social issues, and
  • Develop common trail construction and maintenance best management practices.

Work Group Products

Vermont Trail Ethic
  • Stewardship and Communication Notes from October 14, 2009 Meeting (pdf)
  • Request For Proposals for Facilitation of the Stewardship and Communication Committee (pdf)
  • Stewardship and Communication Notes from April 14, 2010 Meeting (pdf)
  • Stewardship and Communication Notes from May 21, 2010 Meeting (pdf)
  • Stewardship and Communication Notes from June 30, 2010 Meeting (pdf)
  • Stewardship and Communication Notes from July 27, 2010 Meeting (pdf)
  • Stewardship and Communication Notes from September 23, 2010 Meeting (pdf)
  • Vermont Trail Ethic Presentation (pdf)
  • Stewardship and Communication Work Group Report to the Vermont Trail Collaborative (pdf)

Trail Summit Results

  • Vermont Trails and Greenways Council (pdf)
  • Vermont Horse Council (pdf)
  • Westmore Trails, Barton, Northeast Kingdom (pdf)
  • Catamount Trail Association (pdf)
  • Green Mountain Club (pdf)
  • Vermont All-Terrain Vehicle Sportsman's Association (pdf)

Web Resources: Trail accessibility standards, construction/ maintenance guidance and research

U.S. Forest Service
American Trails: Leading resource agency at national level
United States Access Board
Coalition for Recreational Trails
Federal Highway Administration

Research

Trail research via a program of Indiana University in cooperation with the National Park Service. The purpose of this research project was to compare the effectiveness of surface treatments for creating a trail accessible to people with mobility impairments. Specifically, this study is examining the longitudinal effects of surface treatments on surface firmness and stability, the costs of applying the treatments, and their relative maintenance demands.

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