Local Economic Benefits, Statewide Networks, and National Tools
How to connect economics with tourism.
by Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Phd, Manager, Watershed Partnerships, Miami Conservancy District, Lelia Mellen, National Park Service, Douglas Leed, Recreational Planner, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
This session discusses ways to connect economics with tourism to increase support for rivers and water trails. It features a toolbox of water trail research compiled and created by the National Park Service and their supporting partners to assist with water trail and access development, landowner concerns, signage plans, and other resources to use during the public planning process.
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.