The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) is working with trail associations and other stakeholders to use systematic electronic counters to determine the number of trail users on area paved trails within the Coastal Zone, including the Duluth Lakewalk, the Willard Munger State Trail, and the St. Louis River Trail. These counts will be conducted simultaneously with a large scale trail user survey (up to 3,000 surveys) that will gather information regarding user habits and their impacts on the northeast Minnesota economy. Results of the trail usage studies and user survey will be analyzed and correlated to develop an accurate assessment of the economic impact of the paved trails. The information and results will be documented, and an internet “Story Map” will be created that efficiently and effectively communicates those results in a user-friendly manner. Brief, single page summary documents will be developed and distributed. This information can be used to gain support from local municipalities, businesses, adjacent property owners and other stakeholders and strengthen requests for funding for trail development, maintenance and amenities in the Coastal Zone.
The study has been funded by Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, ARDC, the Metropolitan Interstate Council, and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.
This study is funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) under award NA17NOS4190062 provided to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.
For more information, please contact:
Senior GIS Specialist
221 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: 218-529-553 (direct)