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posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife and Trails Checklist — Step B: Considering alternatives

by American Trails Staff

The checklist focuses specifically on wildlife issues of trail planning and is designed to mirror comprehensive planning processes.

categories: Funding and Planning, Wildlife and Environment
tags: wildlife and habitat


posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - I. What happens to plants near trails

by American Trails Staff

Encouraging visitors to stay on the trail is the most important issue, and is made easier by providing attractive, well-designed trail systems. Managers should also identify populations of plants that have been designated as threatened, endangered, or sensitive.

categories: Funding and Planning, Wildlife and Environment
tags: wildlife and habitat

posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - A. Trails and their zones of influence

by American Trails Staff

A trail’s area of influence should be planned and managed as an integral part of the trail. This influence zone should provide recreationists with meaningful interactions with nature, without infringing on sensitive habitat.

categories: Funding and Planning, Wildlife and Environment
tags: wildlife and habitat

posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - B. Avoiding large natural areas

by American Trails Staff

Protecting large, undisturbed areas of wildlife habitat should be a priority. Deciding whether or not to build a trail that may contribute to fragmentation is a tradeoff that the local community or land manager will have to make.

categories: Funding and Planning, Wildlife and Environment
tags: wildlife and habitat

posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - C. Tools for a broader view

by American Trails Staff

Looking at resources from a regional or landscape-wide perspective helps identify where trails should go and which areas should be conserved for wildlife.

categories: Funding and Planning, Wildlife and Environment
tags: wildlife and habitat

posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - H. How wildlife respond to trails

by American Trails Staff

The construction of a trail is just one impact on the habitat it passes through. The activities of visitors and the response of wildlife are also components of the long-term trail impacts.

categories: Funding and Planning, Wildlife and Environment
tags: wildlife and habitat

posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - J. Managing trails with wildlife in mind

by American Trails Staff

Offering wildlife interpretation and environmental education to trail users can play an important role in reducing impacts to wildlife. People more readily protect what they understand and appreciate.

categories: Funding and Planning, Wildlife and Environment
tags: wildlife and habitat

posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - K. Making informed decisions

by American Trails Staff

Any trail will have at least some impact on wildlife. Therefore, deciding whether the recreational value of a trail outweighs those impacts is a community choice, or in some cases, a legal question.

categories: Funding and Planning, Wildlife and Environment
tags: wildlife and habitat

posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - L. Land ownership

by American Trails Staff

Many longer trails cross from one jurisdiction to another. This has ramifications for how the trail is planned and specifically how wildlife issues are considered.

categories: Funding and Planning, Wildlife and Environment
tags: wildlife and habitat

Results from the Business Directory


Forest Preserve District of Will County

Joliet, Illinois

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is a government organization in Illinois focusing on land preservation and restoration, outdoor recreation, and environmental education.

American Trails Member


17540 W Laraway Rd, Joliet, Illinois 60442
(815) 727-8700 • [email protected]

Arkansas State Parks

Little Rock, Arkansas

Arkansas State Parks enhance the quality of life through exceptional outdoor experiences, connections to Arkansas heritage, and sound resource management.


1 Capitol Mall, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
(888) 287-2757 • [email protected]

Southern Conservation Trust

Fayetteville, Georgia

Southern Conservation Trust is a community land trust founded in 1993 by Fayette County residents eager to preserve greenspace as our community develops. The Trust protects greenspace, conserves forests, safeguards river...


305 Beauregard Blvd., Fayetteville, Georgia 30214
(770) 486-7774 • [email protected]

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