21st Century Way to Attract Trail Users: On-Line Trail Finder
Learn about the new Trail Finder online database!
Lelia Mellen, National Park Service
|We will share a new online trail database: Trail Finder - a cooperative, web-based database showing publicly accessible trails throughout New Hampshire and Vermont (with a separate, similar program in Maine). The project aims to connect people to publicly accessible trails, increasing the public’s access to healthy, outdoor recreational opportunities in their own communities.
Unlike other open source databases where any public information can be added, Trail Finder uses only information that is approved by the landowner and trail manager. Collaboration among conservation landowners, trail groups, and towns are contributing trails’ data, including landownership and allowable uses, in a single, GIS web-based platform. The project works with organizations, towns, and willing landowners to digitally map existing trails and record public access and allowable trail uses. Trail encourages people to get outside, be active, and connect with amazing conserved lands. We will explore the extra incentives and fun features in Trail Finder.
- Understand how Trail Finder works and its uniqueness
- See how volunteers can be involved by entering new trails and information into the system
- Learn how you can access Trail Finder or create your own
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