Applying Research and Data for Trail Projects and Outdoor Economy Decision Making

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Research and data are essential for making informed decisions and presenting a compelling case to grant funders, policy makers, community members, partners, and stakeholders. A wide variety of research exists pertaining to trail and recreation development, but homing in on what’s most relevant can be time consuming. Your project may require data unique to your location, and it may feel daunting to know where to start. In this webinar, we’ll point you to some valuable data sources to help strengthen your planning processes and communication strategies. We’ll also discuss tools and methods for generating your own data, such as trail counters and user surveys.

This webinar is part of the Developing Interconnections for Regional Trails (DIRT) project, a collaboration between UNH Extension staff, UNH faculty, and external nonprofit and agency partners, supported by the UNH Collaborative Research Excellence (CoRE) Initiative. For more information about DIRT, please visit