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Planning Trails with Wildlife in Mind

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The Wildlife and Trail Planning Checklist is a sequence of wildlife-related questions and possible steps to consider in planning a trail.

 

WILDLIFE and TRAILS CHECKLIST

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

 

The checklist focuses specifically on wildlife issues of trail planning and is designed to mirror comprehensive planning processes. This should make it easier to integrate the information into the ways trails are already being planned. If you are beginning to plan a trail and want to find appropriate ways of including wildlife issues, the checklist will raise important questions through each step of the planning process.

 

Trail Planning Checklist arrow Getting the Whole Picture arrow Considering alternatives arrow Building & Managing Trails

 

Step C. Building & Managing the trail

 

1. Acquiring and constructing the trail - 2. Monitoring and managing the trail

 

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1. Acquiring and constructing the trail

 

Look for opportunities for complementary conservation.
  • In acquiring the land needed for the trail, look for additional areas that can be set aside for wildlife conservation at the same time.
  • Seek interested partners to implement conservation efforts.

Implement the plan.

  • Be careful to impact wildlife as little as possible during construction.

Communicate to all interested parties.

  • Share the progress about the trail and what is being learned about co-existing with wildlife.

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2. Monitoring and managing the trail

 

Manage the trail.

  • Implement the plan to manage the trail corridor and activities within it.

Monitor resources and visitation.

  • Using staff or volunteers, monitor the important plants and wildlife of the alignment, looking for impacts.
  • Adjust management plans as appropriate.

Communicate to all interested parties.

  • Share the progress about the trail and what is being learned about co-existing with wildlife.

 

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