Several states, including Ohio, Michigan, and Massachusetts have established legislative trails caucuses in the past year, facilitating active engagement among state legislators and trail constituents.
|This session will focus on relationship building and laying the groundwork for policy initiatives that support trail networks. Approaches to effective communications among state and local elected officials and trail advocacy organizations and users will be discussed in the context of the progress that has been made over a relatively short time in Ohio. Tactics designed to raise awareness, promote trail activity and recruit more Caucus members provide interesting lessons learned that can be replicated in other Midwestern states. Creating a coalition of stakeholders that represent diverse interests and have relationships with the legislature is a key strategy to advocate for building & maintaining trail networks to generate health, economic & environmental benefits.
This session will explore best practices for cultivating state legislative trails caucuses and allow for dialogue about how to fully leverage their potential. Presenters will highlight critical legislative initiatives such as establishing state trail action plans, conducting statewide economic impact studies, enhancing agency capacities & collaborations and, ultimately, increasing funding to support connected trail systems.
This paper outlines ways to achieve two key goals: First, to create career paths for young people; and secondly, to improve the U.S.’ ability to counter, and adapt to climate change, especially in communities that have suffered from environmental injustices.
This updated Rails-with-Trails: Lessons Learned report documents how the state of the practice, perspectives, and context for rails-with-trails have evolved since 2002 and includes updated effective practices.
The Beerline Trail Neighborhood Development Project was created to ensure the next phases of trail development serve the needs of the community.
Understanding Federal Funding for Natural Surface Trails