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Monday, October 29 • 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Poster Session. Planning Trails for People and Wildlife

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AUTHORS: Rachel Stevens, Great Bay NERR; James Oehler, NH Fish and Game; Catherine Callahan*, NH Fish and Game

ABSTRACT: Funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department developed a statewide model that can be used to assess existing recreational trails and site new trails in the most wildlife-friendly way. The results highlight areas particularly important for wildlife and areas that would be more suitable for trail development. Accompanying documents will explain how to use the tool, and provide some real-world examples of how conservation organizations have used it to make their trail planning efforts most effective.

Guided by findings in a literature review, and using the most relevant scientific research for New Hampshire, this model is based on the following principals: Keep unfragmented trail-free areas as large as possible; Avoid small patches of high quality or special habitats; Avoid riparian areas, permanent features in the landscape that serve as important wildlife corridors; Avoid locations of rare wildlife.


Monday October 29, 2018 4:15pm - 6:15pm EDT

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