Enhancing Habitat and Building Compatible Trails
Improving trails for both wildlife habitat and trail users’ experiences.
Presenters: Robert Spurlock, Regional Trails Planner, Natural Resources Scientist, Oregon Metro; Elaine Stewart, Natural Resources Scientist, Oregon Metro; Emily Roth, Senior Environmental Planner, Portland Parks and Recreation, Oregon; Lisa Tyler, Construction Project Manager, Portland Parks and Recreation, Oregon
The Powell Butte Nature Park, one of Portland’s premier natural areas, is well used by Portland citizens whose continual activity eroded the soft surface trail system. Portland Parks completed a successful rebuild of the Nature Park’s trails, which accommodate a variety of users: pedestrians, mountain bikers, and equestrians. By working together at every step, from concept planning and design to construction and maintenance, planners and biologists can improve trails for both wildlife habitat and trail users’ experiences.
This paper outlines ways to achieve two key goals: First, to create career paths for young people; and secondly, to improve the U.S.’ ability to counter, and adapt to climate change, especially in communities that have suffered from environmental injustices.
This updated Rails-with-Trails: Lessons Learned report documents how the state of the practice, perspectives, and context for rails-with-trails have evolved since 2002 and includes updated effective practices.
The Beerline Trail Neighborhood Development Project was created to ensure the next phases of trail development serve the needs of the community.
Understanding Federal Funding for Natural Surface Trails