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2009-2013 Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Plan

2009
Every five years, Pennsylvania produces a State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) in order to remain eligible to receive federal Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF). The plan is designed to direct the use of LWCF funds that may come to the state. The required elements of the plan include a statewide assessment of outdoor recreation needs and supplies, an action plan for future steps to help enhance outdoor recreation, an update on the status of the state’s, wetland resources, and extensive opportunity for public participation.
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ADA Regulations Regarding Other Power-Driven Mobility Device

2011
Excerpt from Americans with Disabilities Act rules pertaining to "other power-driven mobility device" issued on March 15, 2011.
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American Trails ADA Webpage

American Trails' webpage summarizes the Americans with Disabilities Act provisions regarding public trails and use of "other power-driven mobility devices". PDF represents the site as of 9/12/2011.
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Benefit of Greenways: A Pennsylvania Study

Organizations/Sources: PA Greenways Partnership Commission
The Benefits of Pennsylvania Greenways Report will be used as a foundation for future communication and outreach efforts focusing on educating the general public regarding the benefits that are and will continue to be provided by Pennsylvania greenways.
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Creating Connections: The PA Greenways & Trail How-To Manual

Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Environmental Council
The purpose of this manual is to encourage citizens, civic organizations, governments and private enterprise to collaborate more effectively on greenway and trail development. It is intended to provide information and resources specific to Pennsylvania for greenway and trail planning, acquisition, construction and management.
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Green Infrastructure: Smart Conservation for the 21st Century

2002
Organizations/Sources: The Conservation Fund
This publication introduces green infrastructure as a strategic approach to land conservation that is critical to the success of smart growth initiatives and describes the concept and values of green infrastructure and presents seven principles and associated strategies for successful green infrastructure initiatives.
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Greenways 101

Learn about the importance and value of greenways to every community in Pennsylvania, from rural to urban. A primer on greenways and their benefits.
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Greenways in the USA: Theory, Trends & Prospects

Authors: J. Ahern
This chapter is organised to address several objectives:
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Interim Procedure for the Use of Power-Driven Mobility Devices on Mass Audubon Sanctuaries

2011
Organizations/Sources: Mass Audubon
This interim procedure provides guidelines for the use of other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMD) on land owned and/or managed by Mass Audubon pursuant to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) regulations amending the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title II regulation, 28 CFR Part 35, effective March 15, 2011. This procedure does not apply to wheelchairs which are permitted by law on all pedestrian trails.
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Jan 13, 2012
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Nature Therapy – Green Therapy

Some of the different ways that walking can help either informally, or more formally to benefit the whole person
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Oct 15, 2009
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Pennsylvania Trail Design & Development Principles: Guidelines for Sustainable, Non-motorized Trails

2013
This guide presents a compilation of best practices and guidelines for the planning, design, construction, and management of non-motorized trails that are both physically and environmentally sustainable. It also presents techniques for developing trails that create desirable and enjoyable experiences for trail users.
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Trail and Path Planning: A Guide for Municipalities

2007
Organizations/Sources: Chester County Planning Commission
This guidebook presents ways that municipalities can address trail and path planning in their comprehensive plan, official map, zoning ordinance and subdivision and land development ordinance. It includes excerpts from ordinances and detailed drawings on how trails and sidewalks are to be constructed.
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Trail Easements

2015
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
A landowner may convey to another person the rights to create a trail, open it for public use and maintain it without the owner giving up ownership and enjoyment of the land through which the trail passes.
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Trail Towns: Capturing Trail-Based Tourism

Organizations/Sources: Allegheny Trail Alliance
Recreational use of rivers and trails can bring new visitors to nearby communities. This guide is designed to help leaders in these communities, these “Trail Towns,” take advantage of the economic opportunity that rides or walks into town. It will help you transform your town into a more inviting and memorable tourist destination, and in the process, make your town a better place for your own residents to live, work and play. Trail Towns will take you through an organization process; help you work with or create a local group focused on downtown revitalization; give you the tools to identify what your town needs to become a Trail Town; give you ideas as you start your town’s revitalization; and give you tips on how to make your hard work last over time.
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Universal Access Trails and Shared Use Paths: Design, Management, Ethical, and Legal Considerations

2014
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
How can trail groups, local governments and land trusts responsibly plan, develop and operate trails that are accessible by all people, including those with limited mobility? What are best management practices? What is legally required? When is universal accessibility not appropriate? This manual addresses these questions in detail.
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Walk For Wellness

Organizations/Sources: Wildlands Conservancy
Walk for Wellness trail-map set #1 consists of 25 trails in the Lehigh Valley. Trail-map set #2 consists of 30 trails within a short distance of the Lehigh Valley. The pdf order form is attached.
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Worksheets for Pennsylvania Trail Design and Development Principles

2013
This trail assessment form and trail management objective worksheet accompany the guide Pennsylvania Trail Design and Development Principles.
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York Heritage Rail Trail County Park 2001 User Survey and Economic Impact A

Organizations/Sources: York County Rail-Trail Authority
The Heritage Rail Trail County Park was officially opened in August of 1999. The purpose of this study, completed in 2001, was to determine the characteristics of the users of the rail trail and to determine the economic impact of the Trail on York County.
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