9 of 10 RESPONDENTS USE TRAILS & PATHWAYS
90% of respondents indicated that they use pathways and trails, 50% using them frequently. This amount of use demonstrates that public and private funds are being well used.
“Every community says they’re exceptional and like to think they are, and you truly are,” said Chris Mehl, policy director of Headwaters Economics in Bozeman, Montana. “You have a community, both town and county, that’s incredibly engaged in your overall trails and pathways system,” Mehl said. “It speaks well of your community. That’s rare.” (JH News and Guide)
On pathways, respondents demonstrated a very high level of satisfaction with summer maintenance and the general pathway system. Suggestions for improvements on pathways came in completing missing links, improving respectful use and improving winter grooming and plowing.
On trails, respondents were also very satisfied with summer maintenance with the most respondents rating “more loop trails” and “separate user group experiences” as the most important improvements. Respondents would also like to see better use behavior, especially related to dogs.
“I think this survey affirms that Jackson Hole’s trails and pathways networks are a benefit to the recreational and economic health of the community,” said Jeff Golightly, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.
Survey Prepared By:
2014 ANNUAL REPORT
Do you know a 15-18 year old who wants to spend the summer outside, working in the Bridger-Teton National Forest?
FOP is looking for 5 motivated teens to be a part of our first Youth Trail Crew program. Crew members will work on a variety of projects on the Bridger-Teton National Forest for nine weeks starting June 15th. This is a four day a week position (32 hours); crew members will earn $11/hr. and receive a stipend for work boots. As a crew member you will help complete a variety of manual tasks including restoration and maintenance of trails, new trail lay-out and construction, and the closure and rehab of old trails. Crew members will interact weekly with resource managers from the Bridger-Teton, and will also learn about many aspects of forest and natural resource management (wildlife, recreation, forestry, fire management). The job requires teamwork, personal motivation, enthusiasm for new challenges and an excitement to work outdoors! Applicants must complete a written application and attend a personal interview.
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