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.
Download the 51-page Handbook for Trail Planners (pdf 639 kb)
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.
The Big Picture
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be an effective way to manage public access
to sensitive habitat areas
Including wildlife in the trail vision
Organizing & communicating
Researching and inventorying
Evaluating trail alternatives
Building and managing the trail
Trail projects involving habitat from around the country: planning, restoration, trail design, environmental education, public involvement, and management.
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.