Trail Operations and Maintenance

 

  • Best Practices for Trail MaintenanceIt summarizes findings from the statewide trail maintenance survey and also highlights best maintenance practices from three different trails: Macomb Orchard Trail, Fred Meijer Heartland Trail and Ohio’s Greene County trail network.
  • Conflicts on Multiple-Use Trails: This report provides 12 principles for minimizing conflicts on multiple-use trails. Although this report is about conflicts on trails, it is intended to promote cooperation and understanding among trail users and to inspire ideas that will help reduce trail conflict. It is intended to be used by trail managers, State and local trail coordinators, researchers, and trail-user volunteer organizations
  • Daily Maintenance Form Examples: Includes 3 forms for ground and trail maintenance as well as a non-vehicle report form.
  • Draft Budget for the Pere-Marquette Trail: The budgeted annual costs (primarily maintenance related) are $87,042 for 19 miles of rail-trail, or $4,581 per mile. The budget also includes a list of capital items (e.g. lawnmowers), their cost, and expected lifespan.
  • Greenways Trail Management Policy Handbook: The handbook discusses administration needs as well as trail maintenance and management.
  • Long Term Maintenance of Greenways in MichiganInitial survey of feasible funding options.
  • Maintenance Checklist for Greenways and Urban Trails: The list including tasks to be performed on a continuous, scheduled basis and on an irregular or as needed basis.
  • Maintenance of Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities: Maintenance of bicycle and pedestrian facilities is an ongoing and necessary activity that ensures the continued safe use of a bike lane, sidewalk, or trail.
  • Rail-Trail Assessment Form: This form can be used by volunteers to record a range of trail assessments.
  • Statewide Greenways Maintenance Inventory and Case Studies: This report represents the first time that Michigan has conducted a statewide assessment of ongoing trail maintenance and operations activities, and this data is critical for continued improvement of the trail system.
  • The Midland County Rail-Trail Maintenance Endowment FundThe endowment agreement for the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail is included between Midland County and the Midland Foundation, a community foundation. Press coverage of this fund is also included.
  • The Supply of Recreational Lands and Landowner Liability: Recreational Use Statutes Revisited: This report visits the recommendation to seek the assistance of the private sector in opening more land for public recreation. However, downward trends in the availability of private lands for public recreation suggest that efforts to encourage private landowners to open their lands to the public will be difficult, at best.
  • Trail Maintenance on the Pere Marquette Rail-TrailThis presentation will give trail managers an outline of the types of maintenance usually performed on a trail in a particular Maintenance Zone. The types of maintenance equipment used on your trail and methods of handling each maintenance situation, will vary. Please use the ideas in this presentation to serve as a guide to develop a trail maintenance program that will fit the needs of your trail.