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Home > The Gateways Network > Tools > Water Trail Toolbox > Planning a Water Trail > Water Trail Toolbox: Assessing Resources and Social Factors
Water Trail Toolbox: Assessing Resources and Social Factors

Use volunteers to gather and review information from your public meetings and forums and from studies and reports conducted by government agencies and universities. Members of your own organization may have to conduct additional field studies. Be sure to include maps and photographs of major resources along with all of the pertinent statistical data.

Your inventories and assessments should include:

Resource Suitability Studies

  • Flora and fauna – important birding areas, high quality fishing areas
  • Cultural and historical attributes
  • Scenic qualities
  • Water quality
  • Existing access, parking, and marine facilities
  • Potential camping areas
  • Waterfalls, rapids, tidal flats, and other hazards
  • Existing dams and portage routes
  • Water gaging stations – safe water flows for boating
  • Islands with potential for primitive campsites
  • Isolated and private lands with little or no access

Social and Political Feasibility Analyses

  • Support within the community
  • Proponents and opponents
  • Existing and potential stakeholders and partners
  • Manpower availability for trail implementation and maintenance
  • Known and potential financial support

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