Trails have many benefits of health and economic basis. Here are studies and articles on the benefits of trails.
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published Jan 1, 2020
Washington Recreation and Conservation Office
Every county in Washington State benefits from walkers, runners, bikers, and backpackers using our beautiful trail systems. Ninety percent of Washington residents participate in non-motorized recreation annually.
published Jan 1, 2019
This report evaluates the economic, environmental, and social benefits of outdoor recreation activities associated with trails and their nexus with the economy of Washington.
posted Jan 14, 2020
In partnership with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), American Trails and NOHVCC will discuss how trails, for too long, have been taken for granted and the true measure of their impact has not been calculated or shared.
published Dec 12, 2019
National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)
ldaho’s motorized recreation industry is BIG business
posted Jun 20, 2019
Matt Ainsley with Eco-Counter, Inc.
Until recently, user count data was collected manually through an annual volunteer effort. In 2017, however, a program in Pennsylvania took their count program to the next level by rolling out 17 automated Eco-Counters in all four corners of the state.
published Dec 18, 2018
Greater Des Moines Water Trails will annually pour tens of millions of dollars into the regional economy, a new analysis shows.
published Sep 1, 2002
Lindsy Johnson, MCRP
Water trail development causes economic and social and impacts on rural communities.
published Aug 1, 2015
River Management Society
This report is a summary of findings from existing studies, which provide examples of the economic impact of water trails in their respective communities. It is meant to provide a helpful resource to communities interested in learning about the economic benefit water trails have provided for cities and towns in the US.
posted Nov 20, 2018
Take an in depth look at Trail Towns through programs in Kentucky and Michigan. Learn how community partners work to implement economic development, recreation and quality of life planning through Trail Towns.
posted Sep 12, 2018
Efforts to link “trail-to-town” have played a part in remaking communities. This webinar will include a case study of the first known “trail town” initiative - the Trail Town Program® along the Great Allegheny Passage.
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Oregon housing development along the Willamette River Greenway in Portland, Oregon
Homes are essentially right on the trail near downtown Portland, Oregon
The trail zigzags through development with both cyclists and walkers using the route near downtown Portland, Oregon
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