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Trails promote natural resource management strategies that ensure environmental preservation, quality of life, and economic development.
In many places, trails are a key ingredient in preserving open space and encouraging public interest in habitat and natural landscapes. In southern California, trails are especially important in preserving public access to stream corridors and the coast. We wanted to share a concise and well-written explanation of how trails are good for our environment. This is from San Diego’s “County Trails Program Objectives:”
Trails promote natural resource management strategies that ensure environmental preservation, quality of life, and economic development:
• Providing a “buffer” between the built and natural environments
• Allowing passive recreational use and educational access to protected areas
• Increasing the value of open space to the public by providing access
• Enhancing property values of communities by connecting them to open space areas
• Providing an alternative mode of transportation
• Encouraging cleaner air by decreasing air pollution by automobiles
• Supporting communities and businesses through eco-tourism
• Preserving culturally and historically valuable areas
Trails are an integral part of our natural environment and can be used as a tool for conservation. Trails assist with preserving important natural landscapes, providing necessary links between fragmented habitats and providing tremendous opportunities for protecting plant and animal species.
Increased development has contributed to the creation of habitat “islands”— isolating wildlife, reducing their natural habitats and survival. Trails provide that important link between these island populations and habitats and increase the available land to many wildlife species.
Published July 2013
This research investigated the influence of several use-related, environmental, and managerial factors on soil loss on recreational trails and roads at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, a unit of the U.S. National Park Service.
The sustainable management of ATV use is an expensive proposition requiring careful design, construction, and maintenance of ATV trails.
This research assessed the condition and sustainability of the trail system at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, a National Park Service unit that partners with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in the management of this unit.
This research investigates the influence of layout and design on the severity of trail degradation.