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.
The newly designated Trinity River Paddling Trail is the first National Water Trail in Texas!
Defining a trail corridor in law, policy, and planning.
Don Meeker, president of Terrabilt, reflects on trails as a critical sanctuary during COVID-19, and provides guidance on signage to keep everyone on trails safe. Terrabilt will also provide the production artwork for their COVID-19 trail sign for free.
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.