Eastern Arizona Trails Collaborative
Why is collaborative trails planning important?
This effort supports a cross-jurisdictional, all hands-all lands, approach to planning for diverse trail opportunities. It recognizes the need for a collaboratively built, comprehensive regional look at trails planning in eastern Arizona. Successful collaborative planning comes from input and recommendations from all trail user groups, and relevant decision-makers.
What is the Eastern Arizona Trails Collaborative?
Overall Goal - to collaboratively identify, prioritize and implement trail-related projects through the development of a multi-jurisdictional master trails plan.
Purpose of the collaborative group – design and guide overall process, engage constituents, seek consensus on trail priorities, and ensure effective implementation.
Who is involved - representatives of federal and local governments, agencies, motorized and non-motorized recreation interests, and other trail-related stakeholders. Anyone interested in trails in the Eastern Arizona area can participate - sign up below!
For a list of current partners click here.
Roles of all partners
Represent and communicate (two-way) with their respective constituencies/interest areas, including outreach to ensure participation at public workshops
Participate in good faith
Phase 1: Assessment
What are the current needs, challenges and opportunities for trail recreation in the area?
What are different trail users looking for in trail characteristics and overall recreation experiences?
Where do opportunities exist on the landscape?
Phase 2: Project identification and prioritization
Mapping of potential project ideas
Evaluation of projects by partners and the public
Prioritize projects using established criteria
Develop tiers/lists of projects that are ready for short, mid and long-term implementation
Phase 3: Implementation
Working with land management agencies, local governments and project partners begin implementation of top-tier priority projects
Establish funding mechanisms for current and future trail projects
Continue evaluation of project lists, needs and potential challenges; adjust as necessary
The Eastern Arizona Trails Collaborative encompasses Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Tribal lands. This effort spans from Heber-Overgaard and Forest Lakes in the northwest to the New Mexico border east of Eagar and south to Duncan. The map (right) is a general outline of the planning area.