This publication is based on earlier work conducted by the Northeast Regional Office of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC). "Rail-Trail Maintenance: Preparing for the Future of Your Trail" was written by AmeriCorps team member Susan Thagard and released in 1996. Bob McKinley of the Regional Trail Corporation in southwest Pennsylvania provided valuable guidance throughout its development. Soon after its release it became clear that many maintenance complexities were not fully explored. However, those missing elements were at least identified, and many are included in this second study, while others may require even more coverage in a future publication.
This greatly expanded study was made possible in large part by the nearly 100 trail managers who took their time to respond to our survey.