Ready to take a look at the new greenways and trails indicator we keep talking about? A draft is now up on the Conservation Planning Atlas. This indicator captures the recreational value and opportunities to connect with nature provided by greenways and trails. It integrates naturalness at multiple scales and overall connectivity. It also covers the entire Southeast as defined in the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS).

If you’d like to learn more about the methods and known issues, remember you can always click on the orange text that says “more” at the bottom right of datasets on the Conservation Planning Atlas.

Just like the other South Atlantic Indicators, however, it’s not perfect. Here’s where you can help. Is there a greenway or trail you know about that’s not captured? Are there scores that don’t make sense to you? Send me an email and let me know: We’ll work on fixing it in this version or in a future update. If we can’t get to it in this cycle, we’ll document it in the known issues.

One particularly cool thing about this indicator is that we’re getting routes from OpenStreetMap, a huge crowdsourced map that is really easy to update. It already has a ton of greenways and trails included and it’s simple to add new ones. So, if you see a missing trail or greenway don’t hesitate to let me know.

Check it out on the Conservation Planning Atlas