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ATV Optimization Study

Purpose

Activities

Activities have included a combination of social science and decision modeling approaches to identify desirable trail attributes and to develop optimization decision models.

During 2007, focus groups were held at several locations in the Central Region to identify issues and concerns with ATV use and trail development among various types of landowners, including public and private landowners.

Information from the focus groups provided the basis for developing a survey questionnaire that was sent to a broader audience of citizens within the region.

The questionnaire response will be used for the second phase of the project: to develop and test four optimization decision models that will be used to generate optimal ATV trail systems that balance goals of motorized and non-motorized trail users as well as land managers. These alternative models will be applied to land under various ownership scenarios.

Results will identify immediate issues among trail users as well as between trail users and landowners and allow for planning to minimize negative issues and to maximize trail opportunities.

Funding

$19,900 in FY2007

Leveraged resources

Last updated 12-20-2008
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