Trail Acronyms

From Trails Primer: A Glossary of Trail, Greenway, and Outdoor Recreation Terms, 2001 Compiled by Jim Schmid, South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Columbia, South Carolina

The following list of commonly used acronyms can assist trails and greenway managers and advocated decipher the “alphabet soup” of trail development.

4-WD Four-Wheel Drive Vehicle


American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
ACE Army Corps of Engineers
ACEC  Area of Critical Environmental Concern
ADA  Americans with Disabilities Act
ADAAG Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines
ADK Adirondack Mountain Club
AHS  American Hiking Society
ALDHA Appalachian Long Distance Hiking Association
AMA American Motorcyclist Association
AMC Appalachian Mountain Club
AMC Appalachian Mountain Club
AMS Acute Mountain Sickness
ANSI American National Standards Institute
ANST Appalachian National Scenic Trail
ARC  American Red Cross
ARRA Americans for Responsible Recreation Access
AT American Trails
AT Appalachian Trail
ATC Appalachian Trail Conference
ATV All-terrain vehicle
BLM Bureau of Land Management
BRC  Blue Ribbon Coalition
CARA Conservation and Reinvestment Act
CCA Chromated Copper Arsenate (wood preservative)
CCC Civilian Conservation Club
CDCA California Desert Conservation Area
CDNST Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
CDTA  Continental Divide Trail Alliance
CE Categorical Exclusion (NEPA process)
CEQ  Council on Environmental Quality
CFR  Code of Federal Regulations
CFS  Cubic Feet per Second
CIP Capital Improvement Program
CITU Certificate of Interim Trail Use
CMAQ  Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement
CMP Coordinated Management Plan (BLM)
CNHT  California National Historic Trail
COG Council of Governments
CORP  Corp of Engineers (United States Army)
CRT Coalition for Recreational Trails
CY  Cubic Yards
DB Decibels
DEET  N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (the only bug repellant that works)
DNR  Department of Natural Resources
DOI  Department of Interior
DOT Department of Transportation
EA Environmental Assessment
EEOC  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EIS  Environmental Impact Statement
EMT Emergency Medical Technician
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
FACA Federal Advisory Council Act
FCC Federal Communications Commission
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FHWA Federal Highway Administration (USDOT)
FIP Federal Interim Plan
FLHP Federal Lands Highway Program
FLPMA Federal Land Planning Management Act
FNST Florida National Scenic Trail
FO Field Office (BLM)
FONSI Finding of No Significant Impact
FS Forest Service (US Department of Agriculture)
FTA Florida Trail Association
FY  Fiscal Year (Federal FY is from Oct 1 to Sept 30)
GAO General Accounting Office (United States)
GIS  Geographical Information System
GMC Green Mountain Club
GORP Good Old Raisins and Peanuts
GPS Global Positioning System
IANST Ice Age National Scenic Trail
ICC  Interstate Commerce Commission (replaced by the STB)
ICOs Issues, Concerns, and Opportunities
IGA Intergovernmental Agreement
INHT Iditarod National Historic Trail
ISTEA Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991
JBANHT Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
KO Keep Out
LAC Limits of Acceptable Change
LCNHT Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
LNT Leave No Trace
LWCF Land and Water Conservation Fund
MIC Motorcycle Industry Council
MM Meaningful Measures (Forest Service)
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MPH Miles Per Hour
MPNHT Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
MSA Metropolitan Statistical Area
MUTCD Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices
NARRP National Association of Recreation Resource Planners
NASTA National Association of State Trail Administrators
NCCC National Civilian Conservation Corps
NCNST North Country National Scenic Trail
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
NF National Forest
NFS National Forest System
NHPA   National Historic Preservation Act
NHT National Historic Trail
NIMBY Not in My Back Yard
NITU Notice of Interim Trail Use
NOHVCC National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
NP National Park
NPNHT Nez Perce National Historic Trail
NPNHTF Nez Perce National Historic Trail Foundation
NPS National Park Service
NRA National Recreation Area
NRCS Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRT  National Recreation Trail
NTD National Trails Day
NTNST Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
NTSA National Trails System Act (16 USD 1241 et seq.)
NTTA National Trails Training Partnership
NWR National Wildlife Refuge
NYNJTC New York / New Jersey Trail Conference
O&M Operating and Maintenance Costs
OHM Off-Highway Motorcycle
OHV Off-Highway Vehicle
OLR Optimum Location Review
ONHT Oregon National Historic Trail
ORAR Outdoor Recreation Access Route
ORV Off-Road Vehicle
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OVNHT Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
PAOT Persons at One Time (Forest Service)
PATC Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
PB&J Peanut Butter and Jelly (sandwich)
PCNST Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
PCT Pacific Crest Trail
PCTA Pacific Crest Trail Association
PENHT Pony Express National Historic Trail
PHNST Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
PLH Public Lands Highways
PMO Primary Management Objective (Forest Service)
PPE Personal Protection Equipment
PSF Pounds Per Square Foot
PSI Pounds Per Square Inch
PUC Public Use Condition
PUC Public Utilities Commission
PUDs Pointless ups and downs - where a climb leads to no view
R&D Research & Development
RD Ranger District (Forest Service)
REI Recreational Equipment, Inc.
RFP Request for Proposals
RFQ Request for Qualifications
RIS Recreation Information Management (Forest Service)
RMA Resource Management Area
RO Regional Office (Forest Service)
ROD Record of Decision (NEPA process)
ROS Recreation Opportunity Spectrum
ROW Right-of-Way
RPM Revolutions Per Minute
RRIS Recreation Resource Information System (Forest Service)
RT Rail-Trail
RTC Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
RTCA Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, National Park Service
RTP Recreational Trails Program (Federal grant program)
RUA Restricted Use Area
RVD Recreation Visitor Day (Forest Service)
SCA Student Conservation Association
SCORP Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan
SDM System Diagram Map
SFNHT Santa Fe National Historic Trail
SHPO State Historic Preservation Office
SIP State Interim Plan
SLUP Special Land Use Permit
SO Supervisors Office (Forest Service)
STB Surface Transportation Board (replaced the ICC)
STIP Statewide Transportation Improvement Program
SVIA Specialty Vehicle Institute of America
TEA-21 Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century
TEAs Transportation Enhancement Activities
TEs Transportation Enhancements
TIP Transportation Improvement Program
TL! Tread Lightly!
TLP Trust for Public Land
TMO Trail Management Objective (Forest Service)
TTNHT Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
TVA Tennessee Valley Authority
URL Universal Resource Locator (for internet addresses)
USACE United States Army Corp of Engineers
USC United States Code (Federal statute)
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
USDI United States Department of the Interior
USDOT United States Department of Transportation
USFS United State Forest Service
USFWS United States Fish and Wildlife Service
USGS United States Geological Survey
UTAP Universal Trail Assessment Process
WO Washington Office (Forest Service)