How Trails Increase the Economic Vitality of Communities
Hear how research projects support the facts that trails do provide a positive economic benefit in their communities.
by Carl Knoch, Manager of Trail Development - Northeast Regional Office, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), David Lindhaul, Principal, Morton Trails, LLC, John Morton, Founder/Principal, Morton Trails, LLC
Hear how research projects support the facts that trails do provide a positive economic benefit in their communities. Multiple case studies in non-metropolitan areas across the nation show how trails have become a centralizing component of a region’s revitalization. Learn about two more communities, one rural and the other urban, where trail users were surveyed to compare the user characteristics and spending patterns at a rural "destination" trail and a suburban "day use" trail. The results will provide participants with new support that proves “If you build it... They will come and spend!’
With no new National Recreation Trails (NRTs) designated in 2019, and the deadline for 2020 National Trails Day fast approaching, we are encouraging Secretary Bernhardt to uphold this tradition of honoring and celebrating our nation's trails and designating new NRTs. Please read and share our open letter.
Help the trails community demonstrate its ability to put America back to work and deliver the benefits of trails to all communities.
Trails are invaluable assets to any community, and when it comes to procuring funding, building coalitions, providing the best trail access, and more, trail research is one of the best tools available for showing that worth.
Before you go on any outdoor adventures you need to ask yourself these questions to confirm if your plans are safe and appropriate.