Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Ecosystem Service Logic Model

Trails and Boardwalks

Geographic Context
Project Type
Trails and Boardwalks

Specific techniques for trail and boardwalk projects vary in installation processes and materials used and are generally site specific. More broadly, trails and boardwalks aim to increase accessibility to waterfront areas for a range of activities including walking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and fishing. Whereas trails are generally installed on raised ground, or ground that does not easily become submerged by water and can therefore provide consistent accessibility, boardwalk installation is required for access over wet or marshy areas or areas associated with sensitive wildlife and vegetation. Boardwalks therefore consist of raised platforms, requiring the installation of footings into the substrate. The materials used to make boardwalks can vary based on substrate composition and other adjacent environmental factors, including sunlight, moisture, and sediment composition. Trail and boardwalks networks are common throughout recreational areas of the Gulf Coast.

Outcomes & Metrics

Outcomes for project types may be strongly or weakly linked, or if not labeled as such, not designated. Resilience-linked outcomes are marked with "R."

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Weakly-linked outcomes:


Project Metrics

Program Metrics


Economic Activity - Finfish/Shellfish Harvest (R)


Property Protection & Value - Property Protection (Erosion) (R)