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Benefits of Trails

Enhancing the Environment with Trails and Greenways

By: Rails-to-Trails-Conservancy FACT SHEET
June 15, 1999

Enhancing the Environment with Trails and GreenwaysDownload

As tools for conservation, trails and greenways preserve important natural landscapes, provide needed links between fragmented habitats and offer tremendous opportunities for protecting plant and animal species. Partially due to expansive development, “islands” of habitat dot the landscape, isolating wildlife and plant species and reducing habitat necessary for their survival. Trails and greenways provide important links between these island populations and habitat and increase the land available to many species.

This fact sheet, produced by the Trails and Greenways Clearinghouse (a joint project of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and The Conservation Fund’s American Greenways Program) delves further into these environmental benefits of trails and greenways.

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