Effects of Contact Methods on Adjacent Landowner Attitudes Toward a Proposed Rail-Trail


  • Melanie (Orwig) Parker
  • Roger L. Moore


Rail-trails, trails, landowners, contact methods, attitudes, green ways


This study investigated how landowners adjacent to a proposed rail-trail initially learned about the proposal and how that might have influenced their current attitudes about the trail proposal. The influence of subsequent information and familiarity with an existing railtrail were also examined. All 518 landowners immediately adjacent to a proposed rail-trail in Florida were mailed questionnaires in 1994 to elicit the effects of information sources on their attitudes. Examination of the responses showed there were differences among the attitudes of the landowners who had first heard about the proposal through different sources. Landowners who had used an existing nearby rail-trail were found to be more supportive of the proposed trail than those who had not. This study was designed to provide trail advocates and planners with practical information on how best to contact affected landowners along proposed rail-trails. Limitations of the study, implications, and future research needs are discussed.





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