What Does It Take To Make a Trail?
When you’re out hiking, mountain biking or riding your horse on your favorite trail, you probably don’t think much about what it took for that trail to be there. The “Trail Iceberg” diagram above illustrates some of the many processes that take place to make a new trail a reality. Local, State and Federal land managers must balance many different mandates from a variety of different constituents, often with differing viewpoints on what is an appropriate use of the land. Park, trail and open space advocates spend countless hours in meetings working with dedicated land managers to balance recreation with habitat conservation. So the next time you’re out on the trail, consider what it took to make it happen. AND ENJOY!