Rivers, Water and Rail to Trails (linear parks)
forwarded from Julie Kay Smithson
While these are from an Indiana university, they apply nationwide:
(very interesting intro page
(some good info -- ag, trails
and more -- although there are some broken links, there are some decent
Indiana Code including definitions)
Published resources that discuss the linear-park concept
This page hasn't been updated since May 1, 1998, but look at the publications
Alexander, Rachel. "Converting Rails to Trails," USA Today, August
Land owners near the Cedar Valley Nature Trail in Iowa who once opposed it
now say it "is just the greatest thing going."
Barnes, Shirley. "The unbeaten path" [article on the Illinois
Prairie Path 28
years after it began]. The Chicago Tribune, June 2, 1991, Section 18, p. 1,
Division of Outdoor Recreation. Indiana Outdoor Recreation: Statewide
Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 1989. Department of Natural Resources.
Economic Impact of Protecting Rivers, Trails and Greenway Corridors: A
Resource Book. Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, National
Park Service, 1991. A comprehensive look at the many economic benefits of
"From Rails to Trails: Five Great Trails from a New Guide to Michigan's
Linear Parks." Detroit Free Press Manazine. July 24, 1994.
Geltner, Sharon. "From Rails to Trails." Home and Away,
1989, pp. 46-47.
Graham, Bill. "The Katy Trail offers new way to see old land," The
City Star, May 31, 1993. Interesting sights along the Katy, the longest rail
trail in the country.
Grosvenor, Gilbert. "Turning rails into trails." National
1988. Comments of the positive impact of the Washington and Old Dominion
Railaroad Regional Park, Washinton, D.C. and other rail trails.
Grove, Noel. "Greenways: Paths to the Future." National Geographic.
1990, pp. 76-99. Excellent overview of the greenway movement, including rail
Gurvis, Sandra, "Abandoned Railroads: Corridors of opportunity?"
Living. (A publication of Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives.) September 1990,
pp. 4-7. Article on rail trails in Ohio.
Hedberg, Nancy Anderson. "This Trail's Right on Track." The Iowan,
pp. 10-15, 56.
Hendrix, George and Diana Dickinson. "Bicycling Midwest
Living, April 1992, pp. 94-99, 144. Round up of 26 Midwest trails, featuring
the Katy Trail in Missouri and the Heartland Trail in Minnesota.
Husar, John, "Happy Trails," Chicago Tribune, July 14, 1993. Article
ambitious plan to create 1,000 miles or recreational trails in the Chicago
area, which includes seven rail trails: the Illinois Prairie Path, the Fox
River Trail, Virgil Gilman Trai, the McHenry County Prairie Trail, the
Palatine Trail, the Great Western Trail, North Shore Bike Trail and the Green
Kidd, Tom, "Rail Trails: "Converting abandoned railways into
trails." Outdoor Indiana, Fall 1991, pp. 26-92. Summary of rail-trail
Labaree, Jonathan M. How Greenways Work: A Handbook on Ecology. National Park
Service and Quebec-Labrador Froundation's Atlantic Center for the
Environment. Ipswich, Mass., 1993.
Little, Charles E. Greenways for America. Baltimore, 1990. Most comprehensive
book on the greenway movement.
Logan, Dan. "Blaze A Way." USAir Magazine, September 1992, pp.
Mills, Judy, "Clearing the path for all of us where trains once
Smithsonian. April 1990, pp. 132-141. Survey of the value of rail trails,
e.g., a lot of people can recreate on a small amount of land.
Moore, Roger L., et all. The Impact of Rail-Trails: A Study of the Users and
Property Owners from Three Trails. Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance
Program, National Park Service. Washington, D.C., 1992. Most comprehensive
study of the topic. One trail is rural, one suburban and one urban. It
concludes that rail trails make excellent neighbors.
Morrow, Barbara. "Autumn Magic in Minnesota's Bluff Country,"
October, 1993, pp.45-47. (Article on the scenery of the Root River Valley,
that includes comments on the positive economic impact of The Root River
Nelson, Bill. "Rails to Trails is the Wheel Deal," Wisconsin, The
Journal Sentenel Magazine, July 2, 1995, pp. 12-17
Nevel, Bonnie and Peter Harnik. Railroads Recycled. Rails-to-Trails
Conservancy, 1990. Study of nine early rail-trail projects.
Nickel, Lori. "Recycling Abandoned Railroads." Sports Illustrated,
19, 1992. One of the benefits of rail trails is that they provide
inexpensive, close to home recreation.
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. A Trail Opportunity Plan
for Northwest Indiana. March 1990.
Parker, Marilyn. "Can a Trail Unite Two Worlds?" Source unknown.
landscape architect in the Division of Planning, Illinois Department of
Conservation and Soil and Water Conservation District Director in Macon
County, Ill. She describes the mutual benefits for urban and rural people who
interact as the result of a rail trail in their community.
"Ridenour Touts Rail Trails for Park Use," The Goshen News, March
(Associated Press story). Former head of the Indiana Department of Natural
Resources and National Park Service, Ridenour became enthusiastic about rail
trails when he moved to Washington and saw the Washington and Old Dominion
Ringo, Gladys, "Stroke Victim Bikes 135 Miles, The Goshen News, August
Article about Edwin Eash of rural Shipshewana who rode the Elroy-Spart Bike
Trail with his grandchildren.
Roberts, Russell, "From Rails To Trails," Columbia Weekend Outdoors,
Ross, Elizabeth, "Program converts abandoned railroads into recreational
paths," Christian Science Monitor, October 22, 1992.
Rural Spotlight. Video magazine of Michigan Farm Bureau. September 1990.
Interviews look at the positive impact of Michigan Hart-Montague Trail and
the issue of liability.
Seattle Engineering Department, Office of Planning. Evaluation of the
Burke-Gilman Trail's Effect on Property Values and Crime. Seattle, May 1987.
Comprehensive study of properties along the Burke-Gilman Trail. The study
concludes that the trail has raised property values.
Shanley, Mary Kay. "Iowa's Trails." The Iowan, Fall 1992, pp. 22-33.
article on five of Iowa's rail trails with spectacular photographs.
Smith, Marguerite T. and Sheryl Nance-Nash, "The Best Places to Live
Money, September 1993, pp. 124-140. The article cites Rochester, Minn. as the
best place to live in the U.S. because it has "30 miles of bike trais,"
including 12.5 miles of the Douglas State Trail, a rail-trail northwest of
Trails for All Americans, The Report of the National Trails Agenda Project.
American Trails, Summer 1990. The report advocates a trail within 15 minutes
of every American.
Tevis, Cheryl. Editorial. Successful Farming, Mid-March 1993, p. 47. Tevis
reports on the economic benefits small towns have experienced along
Minnesota's Root River Trail.
Treen, Joe. "Happy Rails to You." People Magazine, November 2, 1992.
profiles David Burwell and Peter Harnik, founders of the Rails-to-Trails
"What a way to run a former railroad." Fortune, August 24, 1992.
Willis, Monica Michael. "Getting on the Right Track." Country
publication of Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives.) January 1991, pp. 15, 50.
Wetzler, Brad, "Deserted rail lines offer rugged scenery for hikers,
South Bend Tribune, April 4, 1993 (Universal Press Syndicate).
Guides to existing rail-trails
Enjoy Iowa's Recreation Trails. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Des Moines,
500 Great Rails-Trails: A Director of Multi-Use Paths Created from Abandoned
Railroads. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1993.
700 Great Rail-Trail: A National Directory. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. 1995.
Great Trails of the Great Lakes. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1989.
Sampler of America's Rail Trails. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1988.
A Guide to Illinois Rail-Trails. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Illinois
Ryan, Karen-Lee. 40 Great Rail-Trails in the Mid-Atlantic. Rails-to-Trails
Ryan, Karen-Lee. Great Rail-Trail in the Mid-Atlantic. Rails-to-Trails
Sexton, Tom, et al. Pennsylvania's Rail-Trails. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
Storm, Roger et al. Great Rail-Trails in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1994.
(their links page; other rail trails
and greenways in 14 states)
(lots of interesting
links here to water-related shipping)
http://www.irpt.net/ (Inland Rivers, Ports
(their AWESOME links page!!)
http://www.ribb.com/ (River Industry
Bulletin Board - VERY INTERESTING
postings here, including river conditions and gauges)