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Planning Trails with Wildlife in Mind

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A list of key words, concepts, and terms used in the study of wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation.

 

Bibliography and Sources of Information

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

 

 

Included here are terms used in the handbook or terms likely to be encountered in other sources of wildlife and habitat information.

 

RESEARCH ON HABITAT AND CONSERVATION

Greenways for Wildlife bibliography; NC State University

Managing Development for People and Wildlife: A Handbook for Habitat Protection by Local Governments
Incorporating wetland and water quality enhancements into greenway design

 

RESEARCH ON TRAIL USE AND ACTIVITIES

Bay Area Trail studies habitat impacts of trail access

Studying the condition of natural resources along the Appalachian Trail

A Comparative Study of Impacts to Mountain Bike Trails in Five Common Ecological Regions of the Southwestern U.S. (pdf 750 kb)

 

FEDERAL LANDS AND AGENCIES

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Endangered Species Program
www.fws.gov/endangered

USDA Forest Service ecosystem services
http://www.fs.fed.us/ecosystemservices/

NRCS Technical Resources, includes the National PLANTS database.
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/plantsanimals/plants

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Conservation Programs, including, incentive programs for wildlife, wetlands, soil, environmental quality.
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/home

 

NATURAL RESOURCE INFORMATION

Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
http://www.cfc.umt.edu/cesu/

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Habitat Publications
http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/search.php?Cat=Habitat

Links to state wildlife agencies
http://www.fws.gov/offices/statelinks.html

Restoration and Management News
http://uwpress.wisc.edu/journals/journals/er.html


Trail Design Manuals

Parker, Troy Scott. 2004. Natural surface trails by design: physical and human design essentials of sustainable, enjoyable trails. ISBN: 0-9755872-0. Natureshape LLC.
http://www.natureshape.com

Steinholtz, Robert T.; Vachowski, Brian. 2007. Wetland trail design and construction. Tech. Rep. 0723-2804-MTDC. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center. 90 p. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/07232804/

Planning and managing environmentally friendly mountain bike trails (pdf 3.1.mb)

USDA Forest Service: Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook
http://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/pubs/htmlpubs/htm07232806/toc.htm

More trail design and construction resources at:
http://www.americantrails.org/resources/trailbuilding/index.html

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