Natural Trails in Urban Landscapes
This session endeavors to describe multiple projects that are currently bucking this trend- restoring natural systems, providing high quality recreation, and inviting communities back into the woods.
Speakers: Dr. Maura McCarthy, Executive Director, Friends Of Wissahickon; Ben Blitch, Owner, B4 Consulting and Construction; Kelly and Collins Bishop, Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew
Urbanization has taken a toll on natural landscapes. Subsequently, urbanites have lost their connection to these lands. The natural lands left in urban areas have often been heavily impacted in social and ecological manners, leaving them a blight rather than an amenity for the community. This session endeavors to describe multiple projects that are currently bucking this trend- restoring natural systems, providing high quality recreation, and inviting communities back into the woods. In providing recreation solutions in small, natural spaces and large urban parks, the trails community is uniting to challenge to the concrete jungle.
posted Aug 23, 2023
What would it take for all Americans to be able to go out their front doors and within fifteen minutes be on trails that wind through their cities, towns or villages and bring them back without retracing steps?
posted Aug 9, 2023
Trails connect suburban and rural communities to wild places, and they can play an important role in landscape resilience, as wildfire becomes more frequent in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) where homes are increasingly being built.
posted May 10, 2022
Use this interactive map to find where, when, and how these funds are being used.
posted Apr 11, 2022
Everything you need to know about the positive impact of trails on health, environment, economics, and more.