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Health & Safety

These PDF files address personal health and safety issues common to hikers, crew members, and trail maintainers.

Trail Maintenance & Construction Tasks

This chart is intended as a guide and is not comprehensive. Basic safety equipment for all trail work includes a first-aid kit, boots, work gloves, long pants, and appropriate dress for the weather. Common sense and awareness are the best tools for any task.

04-15-2016 Download ( pdf, 111.86 KB )
Toxicity responses of poison ivy to elevated atmospheric CO2

The results of this Duke University study “indicate that Toxicodendron taxa will become more abundant and more ‘toxic’ in the future, potentially affecting global forest dynamics and human health.” In other words, global climate change appears to increase the potency of poison ivy.

04-15-2016 Download ( pdf, 321.2 KB )
Tick Tips

National Center for Infectious Diseases advisory to reduce potential exposure to ticks and tick-borne diseases.

04-15-2016 Download ( pdf, 85.97 KB )
Deer Tick Lifecyle in the Northeast

Short description of the life cycle of deer ticks in the Northeastern United States.

04-15-2016 Download ( pdf, 37.6 KB )