Traffic on the Trail

User Counts

This presentation will focus on the key components of trail user count methodologies.

by Allison Jones, Trail Specialist-Biological Scientist II, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Jamie Rae Walker, Ph.D Texas A&M Extension

This presentation will focus on the key components of trail user count methodologies. Two case studies will be highlighted focusing on vehicle and pedestrian traffic counters in natural areas to track visitation and volunteer counts in metro areas. It will cover software, deployment, data management, troubleshooting, and equipment usage and installation.

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About the Authors

Allison Jones is a graduate of the University of Florida’s School of Forestry and Natural Resources, has worked in natural resources for 12 years with The Nature Conservancy and Florida State Parks and is currently a Trail Specialist and Biological Scientist II for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. She has worked diligently over the past several years to manage and improve the automatic trail counting procedures for the Commission’s statewide program.

Jamie Rae Walker is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M Extension. Jamie Rae Walker, Ph.D. has worked in community planning and implementation for over 17 years. She provides community technical assistance in evidence based planning. She has presented and facilitated over 150 sessions. Jamie’s professional involvement includes TRAPS, Extension Specialist Association and recipient of Center for Disease Control grant projects for improving access to physical activity amenities. Jamie was honored with the TRAPS Educator Award, AgriLife Superior Service Team Award and USDA Team Awards.

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