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Trails for People and Wildlife

children on trail

Photo by Rachel Stevens

Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling -- these are just some of the ways that we get outside to enjoy nature and unwind from our day-to-day activities. But even these seeming innocuous activities can have impacts on wildlife including reduced abundance, reproduction, and survival.


Funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the New Hamsphire Fish and Game Department is developing a statewide tool that can be used to assess existing trails and site new trails in a way that minimizes impacts to wildlife but still provides plenty of opportunity to get outside. The tool will highlight areas particularly important for wildlife and areas that would be more suitable for trail development, while accompanying documents will explain how to use the tool, and provide some examples of how conservation organizations have applied it in their trail planning efforts.


This project is being developed in consultation with members of the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership, Audubon Society of New Hamsphire, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Society for Protection of New Hamsphire Forests, the New Hamsphire Trails Bureau, UNH Cooperative Extension, several local land trusts, and many others.


We will publish updates on this webpage about the tool as they become available.