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Updated Forest Service Trail Fundamentals and Trail Management Objectives guidebook now available.

Trail  Fundamentals and Trail Management Objectives coverWe are happy to announce that the Forest Service’s recently updated Trail Fundamentals and Trail Management Objectives (TMOs) guidebook is now available as an official publication and in downloadable electronic format for use by Forest Service staff, as well as by other agencies and entities. 

This publication provides comprehensive guidance and instructions for applying Trail Fundamentals and Trail Management Objectives, concepts originally developed by the Forest Service and since adopted by other Federal and State agencies and partners in the development of trail prescriptions and effective trail management. This recently published version includes the original 2008 content, along with updated photos and formatting.  These materials, along with reference and instructional materials, can be accessed via the new USDA Forest Service Trail Fundamentals and Trail Management Objectives webpage.  Additional information regarding the guidebook can also be found in the NTDP Snippet below.  

A HUGE thanks to our talented colleagues at the Forest Service National Technology & Development Program (NTDP) for leading development of this new publication and to the Federal Highway Administration Recreation Trail Program for largely funding publication preparation and printing.

For additional trail management tools, including Forest Service Standard Trail Plans & Specifications and TRACS: Trail Assessment & Condition Surveys, refer to the Forest Service Trail Management webpage.

Please feel free to share this announcement with other trail partners and organizations/agencies.

If you have questions or would like additional information regarding these materials, please let National Assistant Trail Program Manager Jeff Mast and I know.  Thank you!

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Jaime Schmidt
National Trail Program Manager

Forest Service

Recreation, Heritage & Volunteer Resources

Washington Office

p: 208-765-7227
c: 202-360-6119

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