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Floating Trail Bridges and Docks

The cover of the 'Floating Trail Bridges and Docks' document.

If you are constructing a trail across marshes or swamps that are too wet for traditional bridge or dock construction, you may be interested in a new report on floating trail bridges. The Missoula Technology and Development Center’s (MTDC) report, Floating Trail Bridges and Docks (0223-2812-MTDC), describes devices that allow docks and bridges to adjust to varying water levels. The report includes lists of dock and float suppliers, wood preservative resources, and other materials on the subject. The report has been distributed to all U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior (USDI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offices.

For more information on the report, contact Brian Vachowski, program leader (phone: 406–329–3935, fax: 406–329–3719, e-mail:

To order a copy of the report, contact Jody Faircloth, MTDC publications (phone: 406–329–3978, fax: 406–329–3719, e-mail:

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