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Lightly on the Land: The SCA Trail Building and Maintenance Manual Paperback – July, 1996

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The SCA, founded in 1950, provides service opportunities, outdoor skills, and leadership training to thousands of young women and men each year. Writer ROBERT BIRKBY has served with the SCA as a crew leader and instructor for more than two decades. He is the author of the current editions of The Boy Scout Handbook and Fieldbook—Boy Scouts of America. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898864917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898864915
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,151,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I build mountain bike trails, and although this book mostly talks about hiking trails, the information is good for any type of trail.
I'd disagree with the section on waterbars (not that it isn't a good description of a waterbar, I just don't find they work well/need too much maintenance), but other then that have pointed out this book to a lot of budding trail designers. The drawings are clear and so is the text. The index is good for when you need it as reference.
I look forward to wearing out this book and having to purchase another copy.
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This is a great first book for anyone to learn about trail building/maintenance. It is general enough to give a good understanding of various topics, gives enough detail to start out but I am waiting to purchase the 2 IMBA books before I put any tool into soil, because I want to build trails specifically for mountain bikes. You can only buy those on their site, and they're about twice the price, but from what I hear they are very detailed. But I still would recommend this book as a first book as it is an easy read.
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This is a basic book of American trail building practice - some of which are different from what we do in New Zealand - and from which we can learn.

The local Department of Conservation Officer (the Deprtment of Consrvation inNew Zealand is responsible for maintaining the environment in about a quarter of this country and providing access where desirable and required)), was sufficiently impressed that he immediatly asked me to order another copy.
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Very helpful, especially regarding trail layout and taking your time to select the best route before beginning trail construction. The information on tools and construction in different terrains was also very helpful.
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A classic and thorough guide to trail building. Encourage your organization or employer to purchase this book for their business. Everyone should have access to it, although everyone does not need thier own personal copy. Trail work is great for referencing, but the true learning and growing comes from actually doing the trail building; learning by experience and through mentors.
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Lightly on the Land is the best written reference for trail work and for conservation work; anyone involved in this type of work, be they novice or expert, should read Birkby's text. Not only is the book extremely well written, it thoroughly, yet concisely, covers an extensive number of conservation topics.
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By Mike on October 7, 2015
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This book is extremely helpful for learning about trailbuilding. I bought it as a reference when I worked in conservation and it was very helpful to look at when working on a trail project.
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