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Planning Trails with Wildlife in Mind: A Handbook for Trail Planners

Balancing the benefits of creating trails with stewardship of nature and wildlife:

This handbook was originally developed by Colorado State Parks with the Trails and Wildlife Task Force. Stuart Macdonald was the Project Manager and Paul Cawood Hellmund was the Principal Author.

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INTRODUCTION
Rules of thumb in the face of scientific uncertainty. Looking at trails as effective wildlife management tools. Understanding key types of habitat. Including environmental education opportunities.


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WILDLIFE & TRAILS PRIMER

dot The Big Picture
dot Natural Features
dot Human-Wildlife Interactions
dot Management Decisions

 


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Trails can be an effective way to manage public access
to sensitive habitat areas

imageCHECKLIST for TRAIL PLANNING

dot Including wildlife in the trail vision
dot Organizing & communicating
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Researching and inventorying
dot Evaluating trail alternatives
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Building and managing the trail

 

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CASE STUDIES and PROJECTS

Trail projects involving habitat from around the country: planning, restoration, trail design, environmental education, public involvement, and management.

 

 

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Work on making the Trails and Wildlife material available to the public is supported in part by the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the US DOT Federal Highway Administration through their Trails Training support to American Trails.

 

 

 

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