RE: trail building with recycled products

Fri, 22 Jan 1999 16:54:08 -0500

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