Will a trail cause damage to local wildlife?
Except possibly for a brief time during trail construction, most trails have a positive effect on wildlife. In fact, some rail-trails have preserved a number of endangered and threatened wildlife species. Minnesota’s Cannon Valley Trail, for example, shelters three endangered wildlife species and provides habitat for the threatened Wood Turtle. Generally, trails provide conservation areas and promote environmental education.

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1. Do hike and bike trails attract crime and vandalism to neighborhoods?
2. How can trails be made as safe as possible?
3. How do trails affect property values?
4. What about public and private liability?
5. Who will pick up the litter?
6. Where will the money come from?
7. What about parking?
8. Will a trail cause damage to local wildlife?