Outcomes and Products
At the time of the study, approximately 90,000 visitors paddled the waterways in six study areas. Their spending in local communities created $12 million in total economic impacts, supporting about 280 jobs. Economic benefits can be increased by expanding camping and lodging opportunities on both public and private land; however, expansion must be balanced by concerns for the social and environmental impacts of increased visitation. Local communities have an important role to play in guiding the development of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
- Lisa Chase, Clare Ginger, and Jane Kolodinsky of the University of Vermont
- Noah Pollock and Kate Williams of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Reports and Summaries 2007
- Final Report: The Northern Forest Canoe Trail: Economic Impacts and Implications for Community Development (PDF)
- Northeastern States Research Cooperative Project Summary: Northern Forest Canoe Trail Can Help Diversify Local Economies
- Pamphlet: The Northern Forest Canoe Trail: An Economic Impact Study (PDF)
- Report for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: Economic Impact Assessment of Paddler Recreation in the Adirondacks (PDF)
- Pollock, N., L. Chase, C. Ginger, and J. Kolodinsky. 2011. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail: Economic Impacts and Implications for Community Development. Community Development 43(2:1-14. (PDF)
Funding for this project was provided in part by the Northeastern States Research Cooperative, a partnership of the Northern Forest states in coordination with the USDA Forest Service.