Recreational Trails

Date: Fall, 2002
Call Number: IORT-PR-2002-1
Researcher(s): Chris Haramoto, Steven W. Burr, and Doug Reiter
Summary: The purpose of this study was to assist the Bear River Association of Governments (BRAG) in future planning and management considerations for the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Cache and Box Elder Counties. The study focused on homeowners on the benches of Ogden, Utah.  The specific objectives of this study were to: 1) determine if residents who live closer to the trail were impacted more than other residents who live farther away; 2) identify the benefits important to both residents and trail users; 3) identify problems associated with the proximity and location of the trail in relation to residents’ property; and 4) acquire information that would aid trail committees in planning and management.
 
The Bonneville Shoreline concept envisions a continuous trail from Utah County to Cache County.  Individual counties are responsible for proposals and the designation of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (Bonneville Shoreline Trail Coalition, n.d.).  Utah State University researchers and BRAG considered it beneficial to present Cache and Box Elder County residents with a study conducted in a similar region in order to assess the potential benefits and impacts associated with officially designated trails.
 

A Statewide Telephone Survey of Utah Residents' Attitudes Toward Recreational Trails
Date: November 2001
Call Number: IORT-PR-2001-6
Researcher(s): Steven W. Burr, Dale J. Blahna, Douglas K. Reiter, and Michael F. Butkus
Summary: From September 6-17, 2001, Utah State University's Institute for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism conducted a statewide telephone survey of 2,590 adults living in Utah's seven Planning Districts throughout the state, in order to substantiate their opinions on the values and benefits of recreational trails, their awareness and use of trails, and their perception of needs and preferences related to trails in the state. Resulting information generated from this survey provides supporting elements for the Governor's Trails Initiative and can be utilized by the Governor's Trails Initiative Steering Committee to make recommendations to the Governor for legislation and funding needs to develop the initiative for the 2002 Utah Legislature. Both statewide results and results specific to each of the seven Planning Districts are presented in this report.
Appendix A: Telephone Survey Results of Residents' Attitudes Toward Recreation Trails in the Bear River Planning District
Appendix B: Telephone Survey Results of Residents' Attitudes Toward Recreation Trails in the Wasatch Front Planning District
Appendix C: Telephone Survey Results of Residents' Attitudes Toward Recreation Trails in the Mountainland Planning District
Appendix D: Telephone Survey Results of Residents' Attitudes Toward Recreation Trails in the Uinta Basin Planning District
Appendix E: Telephone Survey Results of Residents' Attitudes Toward Recreation Trails in the Central Planning District
Appendix F: Telephone Survey Results of Residents' Attitudes Toward Recreation Trails in the Southeastern Planning District
Appendix G: Telephone Survey Results of Residents' Attitudes Toward Recreation Trails in the Southwestern Planning District
Appendix H: Survey Instrument

A Manual for the Assessment of Backcountry Trails
Date: July 1998
Call Number: IORT-PR-1998-2

Researcher(s): Peter B. Williams
Summary: This manual is a guide for assessing backcountry trail conditions using an indicator-based assessment model.