GIS tools are being used to make investment decisions on developing new trail systems and managing existing trail systems.
Presenters: Susan Moerschel, Planning Chief, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Delaware has developed a modeling tool that uses ArcGIS to estimate population growth within an applied distance from an existing trail or proposed trail. This can be used to prioritize trail projects that fulfill outdoor recreation needs, and provide a criteria to prioritize trail funding.
Oregon has developed a GIS tool and data collection framework to address an aging trail system infrastructure and a rising inventory of deferred trail maintenance.