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published Jan 1999

Economic Benefits of Parks and Open Space

This casebook presents data and examples that can help leaders and concerned citizens make the economic case for parks and open space conservation.


published Nov 1998

Mohawk-Hudson Trail Analysis of Use, Regional Benefits, and Economic Impact

The primary purpose of this report is to heighten awareness of the regional, recreational, and economic asset and to bolster current efforts to extend and improve the facility.


published Nov 1997

Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail & It's Impact on Adjoining Residential Properties

A survey of residents acknowledged that there are disadvantages expressed by some adjacent homeowners, but most reported being satisfied with the trail as a neighbor and experiencing relatively low rates of trail-related problems.


published Jun 1997

The Economic Benefits of Mountain Biking at One of Its Meccas: An Application of the Travel Cost Method to Mountain Biking in Moab, Utah

This 1997 paper estimates the value of a relatively new form of recreation: mountain biking. Its popularity has resulted in many documented conflicts, and its value must be estimated so an informed decision regarding trail allocation can be made. A travel cost model (TCM) is used to estimate the economic benefits, measured by consumer surplus, to the users of mountain bike trails near Moab, Utah.


published May 1987

Evaluation of the Burke-Gilman Trail's Effect on Property Values and Crime

This study looks at property values and crime rates adjacent to the rail-trail.


Sep 9, 2021

Trails are Common Ground

This webinar will dive into the goals and future of this new national initiative, invite broad participation, and identify how you and your organizations/agencies can build the momentum.


Aug 19, 2021

Understanding National Water Trails: From Application to Designation

This webinar will dive in deeper on the process for trails to become designated National Water Trails, which are a subset of the National Recreation Trails.


Jun 10, 2021

Understanding the National Recreation Trails (NRT) Program

Learn about the benefits to designating your trail(s) as an NRT, the history of the National Recreation Trails (NRT) program, the process for trails to become NRTs, the role of NRT Ambassadors, and more.


Apr 22, 2021

Effective Programs to Improve Access and Use of Trails for Youth from Under-Resourced Communities

This webinar will identify trail studies and existing programs that may effectively promote and increase the use of trails among youth, especially those from under-resourced neighborhoods or communities.


Jun 30, 2020

Sustainable Advantage: Outdoor Recreation and Rural Community Development in California

This webinar will summarize the main findings from multiple interviews on the dynamics with state and local stakeholders in government, business, and nonprofit who work in rural communities on outdoor recreation.


Jun 2, 2020

Leveraging Outdoor Recreation to Revitalize Rural Economies

Together rural communities, land managers, agencies, and counties are creating a vision to leverage the power of outdoor recreation to strengthen main street revitalization, contributing to stewardship of public lands and creating new opportunities for prosperity.


Jun 11, 2020

Gatehouses and Greenways: Interactive Community Engagement for Trails

This webinar will provide attendees with ideas and solutions for getting projects implemented through creative coalitions and engagement activities.