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.
Walking/jogging and bike trails second from the top of the "important to very important" amenity list-- behind highway access.
Companies that build projects with well planned and executed trail amenities, conservation and open space benefits, stand a better chance of being recognized as environmentally-friendly developers which may help facilitate and reduce public-relations costs of project approvals.
TOURISM creates economic impacts
Trails and greenways create opportunities in construction and maintenance, recreation rentals, historic preservation, restaurants and lodging. Trails enhance the marketability of the locale (town, city, resort destination)
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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