Linking People Through Land and Water Trails
Refuges close to highly-populated areas provide the greatest opportunity to engage new and diverse audiences.
Presenters: Jean Akers, Senior Associate, Conservation Technix; Christopher Lapp, Refuge Manager, Ridgefield National Wildlife
Learn how Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex is working with partners to improve access facilities to a diverse public while preserving its essential habitat values. The trail systems also provides connections between land and water trails to accommodate a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities while balancing the appropriate degree of access to a wildlife habitat area.
These unique trails, partially funded by Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants, promote the importance of literacy, a healthy lifestyle, and connecting with nature.
These Trail User Survey examples show how trails across the country are listening to their trail users to gather data for funding, maintenance, events, and more.
The Ford Motor Company will make a donation to American Trails via the Bronco Wild Fund to support on-the-ground trail projects across America.
Designing trail bridges based on trail-specific Trail Management Objectives (TMOs) is essential for providing the desired trail experience, for ensuring user safety, and for maximizing bridge longevity.