713 views • posted 04/12/2023 • updated 10/02/2023
Trails are often overlooked as elements of essential infrastructure for a resilient transportation system.1 In emergencies where other transportation facilities are shut down or inaccessible, people may use trails to get where they need to go.
Trails are often overlooked as elements of essential infrastructure for a resilient transportation
system. In emergencies where other transportation facilities are shut down or inaccessible,
people may use trails to get where they need to go. Trails can also provide critical access in
emergencies for people without access to a car or transit service. Trails for both motorized and
nonmotorized use can provide access for search and rescue, fighting wildfires, or other
emergency response operations. The increase in trail use during the COVID-19 pandemic has
also demonstrated the importance of trails for improving health and wellbeing during public
At the same time, many trails are located along rivers, in coastal areas, in forests, or along slopes, and are therefore particularly vulnerable to impacts from climate change and extreme weather, such as floods, wildfires, and erosion. To better respond to such impacts, trails can be designed, planned, and maintained to be resilient to natural hazards. Designing trails to be resilient to climate change has many benefits, including lower maintenance and repair costs and better access during emergencies and after severe weather. Trails can also enhance the resilience of surrounding communities by providing ecosystem services (e.g., stormwater management). Many trail designers note that well- designed, sustainably built trails are also more accessible for people with disabilities.
posted Oct 10, 2023
This report was produced by American Trails in partnership with the USDA Forest Service USFS Eastern Region. The report and the engagement process that it chronicles represent the kind of cooperation that the 10-Year Trail Shared Stewardship calls for. It has been a pleasure to share in this experience and launch the Trail Challenge in the Eastern Region!
posted Oct 2, 2023
The wildfire crisis in the United States is urgent, severe, and far reaching. Wildfire is no longer simply a land management problem, nor is it isolated to certain regions or geographies. Across this nation, increasingly destructive wildfires are posing ever-greater threats to human lives, livelihoods, and public safety.
posted Aug 9, 2023
Trails connect suburban and rural communities to wild places, and they can play an important role in landscape resilience, as wildfire becomes more frequent in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) where homes are increasingly being built.
posted Apr 3, 2023
Below you will find documents that may be useful as you prepare your invoices.