Teton County, Wyoming

Ever wonder if all the investment in pathways and trails are worth it? We did and that’s why, in late 2014, LOR provided Headwaters Economics with a grant to build a model for quantifying trail and pathway use within communities. Using Teton County, Wyoming as a case study, Headwaters used a combination of infrared counters, motion-sensor cameras, and a survey, to gauge local use. Results determined that 9 out of 10 residents used the pathways or trails and that the pathways and trails located closest to where people live and work see significantly higher use.

In this replicable model, Headwaters partnered with diverse stakeholders, including local advocacy group Friends of Pathways, the Town of Jackson, Teton County, the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce to conduct the inventory. The information gathered showed a strong return on investment for private and public funds used to develop and maintain this infrastructure and is now being used to help manage and plan for future development and maintenance of the trails and pathways system. Explore summer and fall use on 18 regional trails and pathways.

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