RE: trail building with recycled products

Ann Schneider (
Fri, 22 Jan 1999 16:53:54 -0500

While I am no great fan of plastics I do believe that their are certain
applications where plastic is the better choice. For example plastic
lumber pilings for wharfs and other structures built in water. The
plastic lumber does not have to be treated with chemicals that cause
massive problems in marine life. A second application in trails can be
for boardwalks. We are looking at plastic boardwalks for a nature
reserve we are creating on former Fort Ord Army base in Monterey. The
plastic lumber should hold up alot better in the marine air environment.

Ann Schneider

Thu, 24 Apr 1997, ZERO WASTE AMERICA, Inc. wrote:

> Inga: Trails should be made from natural, organic, non-toxic substances
that will do no harm. Some of the items on your list, particularly plastic,
are not natural or safe.
> Lynn Landes
> ----------
> From: Bob Harsell[]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 1997 1:54 PM
> To: Inga VanNynatten
> Cc: greenyes@UCSD.Edu
> Subject: Re: trail building with recycled products
> Inga VanNynatten wrote:
> >
> > Greetings!
> >
> > I am looking for case studies of trails built with recycled products.
> > If you know of any trails in your area, please contact me. Information
> > on product cost, durability, appearance, and site suitability would also be
> > most appreciated.
> >
> > Example products could include:
> > glass cullet
> > glassphalt
> > recycled asphalt product (RAP)
> > recrushed cement
> > plastic lumber
> > compacted flyash
> > china or porcelain
> > any other innovative re-use of resources to build trails and\or trails
> > ammenities.
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Inga VanNynatten
> > Intern, NPS-Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program
> > 512-339-9679
> Dear Inga,
> The greenway and trails movement has consequences resembling
> those of urban sprawl. People continually "move further out" to escape
> conditions they have helped to create but are loath to correct. Often,
> simply because they are derelict and unnoticed, certain small areas that
> remain, in otherwise suburbia or sprawl, are suddenly noticed by somebody
> and consequently loved to death with trails.
> Who suffers? The wildlife. Most wildlife does not want to buddy
> up with humans. The greenway and trail movement is further intrusion on
> what little space we have left for them.
> The introduction of the recycled materials you mentioned into the
> last refuge of urban wildlife is a step that should be considered from
> the point of view of wildlife.
> Bob Harsell, Director,
> Arthur Kill Watershed Association