Project Spotlight: Colyer Lake Multi-Use Trail

Thu, Oct 8, 2020
For nearly half a century, residents of Centre County, Pennsylvania enjoyed fishing and paddling at Colyer Lake. Then in 2013, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced that it was going to permanently drain the lake due to structural issues with the dam. Having deemed Colyer Lake a low priority for repair, officials planned to allow it to renaturalize. For those living around the scenic 67-acre lake, that news was hard to swallow.

Trail Design 101: Seven Ways To Make A Trail Fun

Thu, Aug 27, 2020
Imagine that you’re pedalling along a ribbon of singletrack. It’s twisty and turny, but not too much. There are some ride-able uphills, and the downhills make you want to exclaim “Whee!”. Some optional features along the way tempt you to test your skills, and you can’t help but smile and laugh along with your riding buddies whether you’re out for an hour or two or for the entire day.

Project Spotlight: Edge of Appalachia Hiking Trails

Wed, Apr 15, 2020
Nestled deep in the rolling hills of southern Ohio about an hour and a half’s drive from Cincinnati and not far from the Kentucky border are 20,000 acres of mostly deciduous forest and some prairie that are owned and protected by the Nature Conservancy. The Edge of Appalachia Nature Preserve is home to about 100 different kinds of rare plants and animals, including two federally listed bats and a snake that is considered an endangered species by the state of Ohio.

Trailbuilding Behind the Scenes: Our Three Favorite Machine Tools

Tue, Dec 31, 2019
Every profession has a set of tools to help get the job done, and trailbuilding is no exception. When it comes to creating great trails, both hand tools and machines are important, but it’s the skillful use of machines that makes trail projects happen more efficiently and typically results in a higher quality end product. In this article, we delve into our three favorite trailbuilding machines and why we love them.

Meet Dirt Artisans’ Staffer: Sara Gatewood

Fri, Nov 1, 2019
Over the years, Sara Gatewood has gone from being an occasional trail work volunteer to being a professional trailbuilder. Today you can find her working for Dirt Artisans - both on the trail and in the office; she wears multiple hats. Sometimes, that means spending all day outdoors in the field, mostly hand finishing trails. Other days, it means hours in front of the computer, tracking and taking care of essential company administrative tasks.
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