When biodiversity and trails face each other

Drawing up trail design, biodiversity and planning thoughts by Frits Ahlefeldt – See all hiking illustrations here

Balancing biodiversity and trail building

Text and concept sketch by Frits Ahlefeldt. Hiking.org

Hikers like to be close to wildlife and walking through landscapes where nature is set free. But it can be a challenge to balance the needs of nature, of habitats and of hikers.

Often it is better to make a few well connected and well maintained long distance trails, that can be used all year, and along them make passages, bridges and turnpikes etc. where it is needed. Both locals and hikers will benefit from this and it is much easier to repair and maintain the trails while keeping a better balance with the local biodiversity.

Making fewer and better trails also make it possible to protect and leave other areas alone, where animals and plants can thrive undisturbed.

The drawing is part of hiking.org research of ways to understand, why and how to design, build and maintain hiking trails

Drawing of a beaver sitting by a flooded trail. Traildesign hiking Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
Trails in wetlands and along rivers sometimes get flooded by natural causes. Hikers come out to watch the animals but it is sometimes a balance to find ways to both secure biodiversity and access along trails.

See all trail design drawings here

Keywords: river, hiking, design, landscapesofunderstanding, beaver, waterways, traildesign, biodiversity, endangered species, habitat

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