Palmer hay flats trail hardening, Alaska - Case Study


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Environmental damage from ATVs has increased as the use of four-wheelers becomes more popular for transportation and recreation. In some areas of Alaska, hundreds of miles of ATV trails cut across wetlands and streambeds, causing extensive damage to natural preserves. At the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge, ATV riders caused the loss of vegetative cover and habitat values. A 6.5-mile trail winding through the northern edge of the refuge is the only legal access for ATVs entering the popular waterfowl hunting area.

Rather than ban ATVs, a solution was sought to both benefit riders and preserve the wetland’s natural vegetation. The Presto Geoblock® trail-hardening system proved to be the solution.

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