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posted Jan 16, 2020

Ten Examples That Show Trail Tourism Works

by American Trails Staff

These ten stories show that trail tourism is invigorating communities throughout America.

categories: economic
tags: benefits of trails, economic, case study, travel & tourism, businesses

published Aug 30, 2012

The Economic Contributions of Outdoor Recreation: Technical Report on Methods and Findings

This study is an update and expansion of an earlier study of active outdoor recreation produced in 2006 by the Outdoor Industry Association. The 2006 study focused solely on human-powered (i.e. non-motorized) activities. While this study includes the same human-powered activities as the earlier work, an additional survey was conducted to gauge the economic contributions of outdoor recreation.

categories: economic
tags: economic

published Jan 1, 2014

Montana Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles – Fuel-Use and Spending Patterns

Residents spend about $208 million per year on OHV activities, and nearly all their entire out-of-pocket trip costs are for gasoline. We estimate that OHV users buy about 6.6 million gallons of gasoline per year. With a base tax of $0.27 per gallon, resident OHV users in Montana generate over $1.8 million in revenue for the state highway trust fund.

categories: economic
tags: off-highway vehicles (ohv), economic, travel & tourism

published Jan 1, 2015

Economic Importance of Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation: An Analysis of Idaho Counties

During the period August 2012 through November 2012, the University of Idaho, in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR), surveyed Idaho’s registered off-highway-vehicle (OHV) owners. The goal of the survey was to determine the economic importance of OHV use in Idaho during the previous 12 months. The survey sample was drawn from IDPR-registered OHV owners. OHV activities not related to recreation (e.g., work) and out-of-state visitors could not be sampled. Trips and expenditures for OHV recreation in Idaho would be higher if nonresident OHV recreation could be estimated.

categories: economic
tags: off-highway vehicles (ohv), economic

published Jun 23, 2014

Economics of Idaho Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation

Off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation in Idaho is big business. Idaho OHV enthusiasts took close to 1 million recreation trips in Idaho during 2012 and spent about $434 million – $186 million on OHV recreation trips and $248 million on OHV capital expenditures such as the vehicles themselves.

categories: economic
tags: off-highway vehicles (ohv), travel & tourism, economic

posted Jul 24, 2018

FAQ: Are business plans for trails of any value?

by American Trails Staff

Choosing between a business plan, an economic study, or a feasibility study

categories: economic
tags: faq, editorial, case study, economic

posted Jul 23, 2018

An Overview of Nebraska's Cowboy Trail

Cowboy Trail, Nebraska's first office State Recreational Trail.

categories: economic
tags: economic, bicycle, travel & tourism, walking

posted Jul 23, 2018

Trails Community: Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada

by American Trails Staff

Summerlin is one of three communities from across the nation selected to serve as fitting models for excellence in trails within a private development.

categories: economic
tags: urban trails, economic, health, land and open space, partnerships

posted Jul 17, 2018

FAQ: How to measure the strength and growth of a trail network

by American Trails Staff

Measuring the benefits and economic development of trails.

categories: economic
tags: faq, economic, travel & tourism, counting trail users

posted Apr 3, 2018

Perceptions of How the Presence of Greenway Trails Affects the Value of Proximate Properties

This study indicates that multi-use trails are an amenity that helps sell homes, increases property values and improves the quality of life.

categories: economic
tags: crime and liability, benefits of trails, livable communities, economic

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posted Feb 19, 2020

Trails Make Economic Sense

The benefits of expanding and improving the outdoor recreation economy are clear and compelling.

tags: benefits of trails, economic

posted Feb 19, 2020

Why Trails?

Where would we be without trails? It is a simple question, but it is worth pondering. The longer you sit with this question, the more you will discover the overwhelming impact that trails have on our lives. Often in very unexpected ways.

tags: why trails, benefits of trails, health, healthcare, economic

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Nexo Insurance Services

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Sierra Nevada Conservancy

We are a California state agency established through bi-partisan legislation to initiate, encourage, and support efforts that improve the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada Region, its co...


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Vernon Township Greenway Committee

The Greenway Action Advisory Committee, established in January of 2016, is a special ad hoc committee to advise the mayor in matters of sustainability, passive recreation and economics within the Township of Vernon.

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