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published Sep 2018
American Trails Staff
Protecting large, undisturbed areas of wildlife habitat should be a priority. Deciding whether or not to build a trail that may contribute to fragmentation is a tradeoff that the local community or land manager will have to make.
Looking at resources from a regional or landscape-wide perspective helps identify where trails should go and which areas should be conserved for wildlife.
Offering wildlife interpretation and environmental education to trail users can play an important role in reducing impacts to wildlife. People more readily protect what they understand and appreciate.
Any trail will have at least some impact on wildlife. Therefore, deciding whether the recreational value of a trail outweighs those impacts is a community choice, or in some cases, a legal question.
Many longer trails cross from one jurisdiction to another. This has ramifications for how the trail is planned and specifically how wildlife issues are considered.
See examples of trail design in habitat areas, techniques for managing visitors, trail system planning, habitat restoration, trails as part of habitat conservation, and education on the value of wildlife and habitat.
published Aug 2018
Low water crossings are designed to allow normal flow under the trail, and to be over-topped during seasonal floods.
Examples of bike trails and bike paths that have been built by state departments of transportation
published Mar 2015
Best practices for blaze marking along trails
published Feb 2011
The difference is usually ones of scale, significance, and administration responsibility and how they are designated.
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