Developing a BLM Public Land Non-Motorized Trail Program
Formal comprehensive non-motorized trails program
Speakers: Dr. Gregory A. Miller, President, American Hiking Society; Anne Merwin, Public Lands Policy Advisor, The Wilderness Society; Ben Pendergrass, Legislative Director, American Horse Council; Robert Perrin, Trails and Travel Management Program Lead, Bureau of Land Management
Great strides have been made in recent years towards developing a National Trails Program of Congressionally designated trails within the BLM landscape, but there is no program promoting, guiding, and funding non-motorized trails throughout BLM's 253 million acre System of Public Lands. Opportunities are lost due to lack of a coordinated non-motorized trails program both in broad scale land-use planning and in site-specific trail project planning. Join BLM and trails partners as they embark on the first step in developing a formal comprehensive non-motorized trails program and initiate a dialogue on current BLM non-motorized trails challenges and opportunities.
This guidebook benefits from a very clear presentation and covers many examples of urban trail situations. Specific design features for all types of trails and related facilities are included.
Ponds for the threatened California red-legged frog were built along with new trails for recreation and interpretation at Mori Point along the San Mateo Coast near the town of Pacifica.
Two key projects in revitalizing Cleveland are the Centennial Trail Lake Link and the "Re-Connecting Cleveland: Pathways to Opportunity" TIGER grant project.
A few resources on public access to private land. Always check with your local planning department for zoning requirements.
This report concludes that trail-related liability is primarily a management issue. Laws are in place to protect all parties from unwarranted lawsuits and the rest is up to proper design, maintenance and management.