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Organizing Trails: Proven Methods for Organizing the Complexities of National Historic Trail Impact Analysis

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Johnson, Craig A.

Year Published

2018

Publication

In: Gobster, Paul H.; Smardon, Richard C., eds. Visual resource stewardship conference proceedings: landscape and seascape management in a time of change. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-183. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 257-261.

Abstract

National Historic Trail management and planning is a complex undertaking, and completing National Environmental Policy Act-related impact analyses for these trails is particularly challenging. With the involvement of multiple agencies and planning initiatives, developing an understanding of the regulatory and planning framework alone can be an arduous undertaking. Adding to the complexity, the trails involve multiple, overlapping resources with a wide variety of potential data sources that may or may not be available. However, by first organizing information into several key categories and then establishing impact thresholds that directly relate to these categories, National Historic Trail analysis can be successfully streamlined to focus on key factors. This paper introduces a proven approach to organizing and analyzing information to assess impacts to National Historic Trails, providing a concise and direct correlation between available data, analysis methods, and determinations of consistency with planning documents.

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Johnson, Craig A. 2018. Organizing Trails: Proven Methods for Organizing the Complexities of National Historic Trail Impact Analysis. In: Gobster, Paul H.; Smardon, Richard C., eds. Visual resource stewardship conference proceedings: landscape and seascape management in a time of change. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-183. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 257-261.

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