SURVEY: A few questions from Friends of Lincoln Park

From Friends of Lincoln Park:

Friends of Lincoln Park (FliP) are asking that our community participate in a short survey on the use and existence of social trails in public, forested areas. Social trails are pathways of erosion caused by people and cyclists going ‘off-trail,’ typically serving as a shortcut through parks or forests.

The survey was created by FLiP’s intern Liz Watt (UW Capstone student) and she will be conducting helpful research that includes an assessment of social trails throughout our urban forest landscape and the development of methods to mitigate the effects of this common issue. In addition to the survey, Liz is bringing over 1,000 square feet of Lincoln Park’s forest into restoration (removing invasive plant and tree species and replacing with natives). FLiP is extremely lucky to have Liz on our team!

The survey should take 5 minutes or less to complete – thanks for participating!

Survey link:

6 Replies to "SURVEY: A few questions from Friends of Lincoln Park"

  • HS March 13, 2019 (8:48 am)

    It’s a super quick survey, < 5 min in my experience.

  • DogTheBuntyHunter March 13, 2019 (10:19 am)

    Put in a DOG PARK !!! OMG Too many dogs off leash hiding in the woods, in the field, on the beach, running through the parking lot!

    • donttreadonme March 13, 2019 (1:03 pm)

      Lawbreakers should be fined, not rewarded for their antisocial behavior.

      • zen4zen March 16, 2019 (10:14 pm)

        What’s antisocial about bringing your dog to a  park?  I think it’s more antisocial when people try to police other people.  

  • momof3boys March 13, 2019 (10:53 am)

    Very quick survey!  I had not heard of the nomenclature “social” trails, but I get it – it’s something I used to do when I was a kid; as an adult, I knew they were harmful for the park environment, so I quite using them, and never allowed my kids to do so, at least in my presence :-)

  • anonyme March 14, 2019 (8:17 am)

    I personally know several people who drive a longer distance to Lincoln Park than it would take to reach a dog park.  They then let their dogs run off leash at Lincoln.  The issue is not with proximity, but with idiotic, self-entitled, illegal behavior – and lack of enforcement.  These “social’ trails often cut through restoration areas and/or disturb (or destroy) many flora and fauna, including ground-nesting birds, salamanders, etc.  Humans ain’t got no sense.

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