Students will investigate the history and different types of public lands that contain recreational trails, and learn how those trails are planned and developed. The course will examine local and global issues surrounding the planning and development of trails including implications for public use, resource impacts, and funding. We will use a variety of readings, library and web-based research, and class discussions to study these topics. In addition, visiting professionals will contribute to our discussion by providing insights on managing, maintaining, and constructing these resources and introduce students to sustainable practices that ensure their longevity. The class will also have the opportunity to visit local lands and trails to evaluate these places first hand.
NOTE: Enrollment is restricted to members of the Active Living Residential Learning Community.