Economic Impacts of Protecting Rivers, Trails, and Greenway Corridors

A Resource Book


Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance, National Park Service


The aims of this Resource Book are specific and are as follows:

  • Encourage local professionals and citizens to use economic concepts as part of their effort to protect and promote greenways;
  • Provide examples of how greenways and parks have benefited local and regional economies;
  • Demonstrate how to determine the potential economic impacts of of river, trail, and greenway projects;
  • Suggest other sources of information.


"Economic Impacts of Protecting Rivers, Trails and Greenway Corridors" is intended to be a compilation of the most recent information on this subject area. Many of the examples, and case studies, and information available focus on more traditional parks, rather than linear parks, trails, and river corridors. However, greenways and traditional parks often provide many of the same amenities. The growing interest in applying economic rationales to support greenway protection efforts will likely result in more economic analyses and studies.

Filed in: Community Problems and Solutions, Plans and Policies, Funding

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