County-wide Trail Plan In The Works
Iowa Heartland RC&D received two grants from the National Park Service in October of 2014, as well as approval to extend the projects for 2015, 2016 and 2017. The purpose of these grants is to develop trail master plans for Jasper, Madison, Marion and Warren counties, with the end goal of linking to the Central Iowa Trail Network.
BENEFITS OF TRAILS:
Trail and greenways tend to compete better in tight economies.
-creates economic impacts
2/3 of all trips are for 5 miles or less.
IMPROVING HEALTH THROUGH ACTIVE LIVING-
In short, trail networks create better opportunities for active lifestyles.
Water shed protection
Natural buffer zone
Reduce air pollution with safe alternatives
PROTECTING PEOPLE AND PROPERTY FROM FLOOD DAMAGE
Protects natural flood plains along rivers and streams. Areas can be restored to their natural state. ENHANCING CULTURAL AWARENESS AND COMMUNITY IDENTITY.
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