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The World's Largest Online Trails Resource
American Trails is the only national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests, including hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, water trails, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail motorcycling, ATVs, snowmobiling and four-wheeling. American Trails members want to create and protect America's network of interconnected trails..

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   [Article] American Trails:
"Trail Design and Construction" 
By Randy Martin  - February 2009

{Excerpt} "Too often, trails are designed in a manner that causes the user to experience unnecessary drudgery with too little delight, thus discouraging repeated use of the trail.

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   [Article] San Francisco Chronicle:
"Real Estate Buzz - New Amenities Packages" 
By Lew Sichelman - October 2008

{Excerpt} "Natural surface trails are the highest impact, lowest cost amenity a community developer can provide," said Martin, president of Trailscape in Costa Mesa (Orange County). Better yet, he reports, there's a "mass market" for them. "The market is huge and it's ripe. It's an amenity 80 percent of buyers say they want."

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   [Article] BUILDERnews:
"Natural Surface Trails - Now the most popular amenity"
By Randy Martin - April 2008
{Excerpt} "Research indicates 78 percent of homebuyers want walking and biking paths whereas only 22 percent want a golf course."

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   [Article] American Trails:
"Benefits of Trails and Greenways" 
By Randy Martin - January 2008
{Excerpt} "See a comparison of the cost and popularity of key community amenities."

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   [Article] Orange County Register:
"Trails Top Survey on Home Amenities"
By Heather Ignatin - December 2006
{Excerpt} "All the villages being planned and developed now have trails that are part of them - either through them or adjacent to them," said Joe Davis, president of the Irvine Community Development Co., the Irvine Co.'s land-development arm. "It's one of the single biggest things that drives people to want to buy homes here. We can't get things built fast enough."

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