Case Studies in Harnessing, Using, and Sharing Digital Trail Data
The ongoing challenge of sharing data in a compatible format.
Presenters: Andrew Schwartz, Managing Principal, Environmental Planning and Design; Ryan Branciforte, CEO, Trailhead Labs; Mike Wetter, Executive Director, The Intertwine Alliance
Trail data is useful to many people, organizations, and government agencies, but sharing the data in a compatible format is an ongoing challenge. OpenTrails is an open data format for park and recreation information that helps government agencies create high-quality interactive maps, combine their data with other agencies, and publish well-documented open data to web and application developers. A new regional interactive application in the Portland region that is taking advantage of OpenTrails, called GoToTrails.com, will be highlighted.
The westernmost rail trail in Florida, it extends from the historic town of Milton north to US Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The trail passes through pine woods, a cypress/bay swamp, and an area of white-topped pitcher plants. An unpaved equestrian trail parallels a segment of the paved trail.
Looking at resources from a regional or landscape-wide perspective helps identify where trails should go and which areas should be conserved for wildlife.
The State of Victoria’s Guidelines for Trail Planning, Design and Management aims at “development of exceptional trail experiences. A useful feature is a trail planning and design checklist. The book also covers management models, marketing and brand- ing, community and stakeholder engagement, and monitoring and review.
The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) calls on all trail organizations and trail enthusiasts to take action immediately to continue and to expand the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), the national trails assistance program that aids all trail activities nationwide through use of federal non-highway recreational fuel taxes.
BCHA teaches Leave No Trace principles to stock users.