Iditarod trailblazer Jujiro Wada
- Partner with or form a new community organization (“Friends of…..”). A recognized local entity has greater standing with grant-funders, agencies, and government.
- Describe your vision and brainstorm benefits (e.g. economic, safety, cultural) to diverse stakeholders. A good trail project benefits the community broadly! Brainstorm obstacles and alternatives.
- Talk to stakeholders: land owners, agencies, neighbors, users, businesses…
- Document trail needs, obstacles, and alternatives. Take photos in different seasons.
- Map out the trail, including GPS tracks, GPS coordinates and pictures of critical areas.
- Identify all property owners. Reach out early, letting people know that the project is in an early feasibility stage.
- Research funding and volunteer needs and sources.
- Choose a realistic first goal and timeline.
- Check in regularly with stakeholders.
- Develop a plan that documents details from above, and that describes how and when the trail would be developed.