Willbee, Martha . 2011. Plastic Wood and Alternative Materials for Trail Structures. 1123 1804P. San Dimas, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, San Dimas Technology and Development Center.
This guide is written for anyone exploring alternative materials for new trail structures or replacing existing trail structures. It includes types of materials available, the advantages and disadvantages of each material, and examples. There is a Web link for additional information on structural elements of a trail. Wood treatment alternatives to chromated copper arsenate (CCA)-treated wood also are discussed. Eight case studies are included in appendix A, and information on the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) and Built Environment Image Guide (BEIG) are included in appendix B.
Keywords: exotic woods, outdoor recreation, plastic wood, trail structures, trails
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