Equity and Economic Benefits Study - Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

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Purpose and Objectives

In May 2021, NVRC kicked off a community impact assessment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail in Northern Virginia that includes an assessment of health equity, social equity, transportation, and economic impacts of improving trail access, closing trail gaps, and making safe connections to nearby communities. The objective of the study is to assess the public health and community-related impacts associated with use of the trail and to provide recommendations to maximize those impacts and help justify the investment of public funds.  

Trails not only provide a wide range of recreational values, services, and protection of specific natural and cultural features, but they also explicitly contribute to social and economic well-being. To assist the National Park Service, local governments and land managing agencies with completion of their PHNST trail and connection trail gaps, the NVRC, on behalf of its PHNST partners, seeks to develop a deeper understanding about why the trail and its connections are valuable to Northern Virginia residents, businesses, and the economy.

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Webinar

On June 23, 2021, NVRC consultant BBC provided a webinar on the approach and data sets to be used for the 2021 Equity and Economic Benefits Study of completion of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail in Northern Virginia.  The study will provide a community impact assessment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail in Northern Virginia that includes an assessment of health equity, social equity, transportation, and economic impacts of improving trail access, closing trail gaps, and making safe connections to nearby communities. The objective of the study is to assess the public health and community-related impacts associated with use of the trail and to provide recommendations to maximize those impacts and help justify the investment of public funds.