Presenters outline the techniques used and lessons learned from trail counts in New York and Connecticut.
by Laura Brown, Community & Economic Development Educator, University of Connecticut, Dylan Carey, Project Coordinator, Parks and Trails New York, Jennifer Ceponis, Senior Transportation Planner, Capital District Transportation Committee, Emily Dozier, Senior Planner, Dutchess County Transportation Council, Kristina Kelly, Statewide Coordinator, Connecticut Trail Census, James Stevens, Senior Associate, ConsultEcon, Inc.
Presenters outline the techniques used and lessons learned from trail counts in New York and Connecticut, including discussion of evolving technology available for automated trail counts, utilizing volunteers, and scaling county protocols from local to regional to statewide. The session will also discuss using trail count data to inform planning decisions and to make estimates of trail-related economic impact.
Whether hiking, bicycling, riding on horseback or participating in motorized recreation nearly everyone uses trails for a similar goal – to spend time outdoors. This time outside, whether a short walk down a paved trail to work in an urban setting, or a hike to a point reachable to only a few Americans makes trail users happier people.
South Dakota’s snowmobile trail system is maintained without any contribution from general fund dollars, but brings substantial economic activity into the state. This study estimates the magnitude of that economic activity and its effect on the overall state economy.
Snowmobiling provides a major recreational opportunity in Idaho given the State’s climatic conditions and mountainous terrain. In addition to the enjoyment provided by snowmobiling, it generates significant impacts in terms of employment and economic activity in many counties and for the State as a whole. In order to estimate the economic importance of snowmobiling in Idaho, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) contracted with the Department of Economics at Boise State University (BSU) to perform this study of snowmobiling on a county by- county basis and statewide.
The Bureau of Business and Economic Research’s most recent surveys suggest that about 8 percent of the state's households include snowmobile recreationists. Nearly always, the whole family participates. With an average household size of about 2.5, perhaps as many as 100,000 Montanans participate in the sport each winter.