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.
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