Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #755- Nov 6, 2017

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Sandra-Schmid-on-nature-trail-Francis-Biedler-Audubon-Forest-Swamp-SC-1994

Recreation trails are for people. They allow us to go back to our roots. Trails help humans make sense of a world increasingly dominated by automobiles and pavement. They allow us to come more closely in touch with our natural surroundings, to soothe our psyches, to challenge our bodies, and to practice ancient skills.

—WOODY HESSELBARTH, Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook, 1999


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #710 – Sept 22, 2017

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Sandra-Schmid-trying-out-new-backpack-at-Kings-Mtn-State-Park-SC-1999

A lot of learning takes place when you slosh over a wet trail in a downpour and watch what the water is doing and how your drains and structures are holding up.

—WOODY HESSELBARTH, Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook, 1999


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #271 – July 10, 2016

Sandra-Schmid-on-Southern-AZ-Hiking-Club-hike-in-Augua-Caliente-Canyon-Tucson-AZ-1992

Sandra-Schmid-on-Southern-AZ-Hiking-Club-hike-in-Augua-Caliente-Canyon-Tucson-AZ-1992

It is much more important to understand how the forces of water and gravity combine to move dirt than it is to actually dig dirt, install waterbars, or build puncheon.

—WOODY HESSELBARTH, Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook, 1999


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #178 – April 8, 2016

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Florida-Nat-Scenic-Trail-at-Twin-Rivers-State-Forest-2013

The first priority for trail work is to correct truly unsafe situations. This could mean repairing impassable washouts along a cliff, or removing blowdown from a steep section of a packstock trail.
The second priority is to correct things causing significant trail damage—erosion, sedimentation, and off-site trampling, for instance.
The third priority is to restore the trail to the planned design standard. This means that the ease of finding and traveling the trail matches the design specifications for the recreational setting and target user. Actions range from simply adding ‘reassurance markers’ to full-blown reconstruction of eroded tread or failed structures.
Whatever the priority, doing maintenance when the need is first noticed will help prevent more severe and costly damage later.

—WOODY HESSELBARTH, Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook, 1999


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