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
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