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Trail Fundamentals and Trail Management Objectives

Trail Core Competencies

This publication provides comprehensive guidance and instructions for applying Trail Fundamentals and Trail Management Objectives. This recently published version includes the original 2008 content, along with updated photos and formatting.


Trail Fundamentals provide an integrated means to consistently record and communicate the intended design and management guidelines for trail design, construction, maintenance and use. Before completing documentation for Trail Management Objectives (TMO), Trail Assessment and Condition Surveys (TRACS), or applying Trail Fundamentals in trail management, it is essential to clearly understand their intent.

Trail Types Covered

    General. All trail types are relevant.

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