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Top 3 Reasons to Add USFS Standards to Your Toolkit

 

When planning your trail system, do the environmental constraints and permitting challenges bog you down?

When planning and designing for backcountry trails there are many constraints that one can encounter. These include unstable soils, stream and spring crossings, steep slopes, and critical areas, just to name a few. While being burdensome, there is always a solution and we should lean on our Federal Agencies to make your life easier and provide a solution.  

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Understanding Recreation Facility Maintenance is the First Step of Design

 

Long term maintenance needs and costs are often overlooked when designing recreation facilities. Prior to starting design work, you should evaluate maintenance budgets and capabilities. We see facilities that require labor intensive maintenance (extensive mowing, watering) and  the use of harmful chemicals to keep the landscape healthy. This approach costs money and has detrimental environmental impacts that can and should be avoided.

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Custom vs. Prefabricated Park Shelters: Which Way Should I Go?

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Will a prefabricated structure fit into the natural environment?
When evaluating custom designed vs. prefabricated shelters, we are often asked about the aesthetical quality of the prefab designs. These days, many park shelter fabricators have a variety of designs that you can choose from and in most cases, they will work with you to make modifications such as roof pitch, color, material selections, and the size to suit your environment.
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