Can Building Trails Pave the Way to Conservation and Stronger Communities?

As our country's natural resources are squeezed, communities are finding that conservation solutions that make economic sense rule the road. Bike and trail systems are finding support through unexpected partnerships among conservationists, business, and community interests. The Walton Family Foundation has worked with partners to build over 250 miles of multi-use and natural surface trails in Northwest Arkansas and are seeing daily trail usage numbers that rival pedestrian-friendly metropolitan communities. With the establishment of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office in 2015, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper committed to champion the state's outdoor recreation industry and to use the great outdoors to foster community pride and identity. What¹s down the trail as legislators, philanthropists, and community leaders look for conservation solutions that also make economic sense?

Festival: 2016

Watch and Listen: Environment

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