Contribution of Trail Paths to the Protection and Promotion of the Natural Environment

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Contexts and Urban-Rural Interactions".

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Department of Forestry & Management of the Environment & Natural Resources, Democritus University of Thrace, Komotini, Greece
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Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, there has been increased demand for access to trails paths, which has led many governments to fund actions to create or develop new trail paths, including maintaining, reviving, marking, and creating wide networks across urban and rural areas. Trail paths are one of the main levers of tourism development, as they contribute to the preservation, protection, and promotion of the countryside, cultural heritage, and tradition in addition to the more effective protection and management of areas of exceptional natural beauty and sensitive ecosystems comprising wildlife. They also create additional employment in local communities, enhance the production of local products, assist in the prevention and response to natural disasters (floods, fires), and offer oases of greenery and recreation in urban environments. Thus, it is important to investigate the citizens’ point of view on the contribution of trail paths to the protection and promotion of the cultural and natural environment, including the various factors that directly or indirectly influence it. Based on the study, we may propose the basic-general policy directions that could be undertaken to promote regional development while fostering more positive attitudes and views among citizens regarding their contributions.

This Special Issue aims to present a collection of research reports on the development of human access to the natural environment and its impacts. This is consistent with the aims and scope of Land journal in dealing with land use and land use planning as well as land-related aspects of nature governance and of human–wildlife interactions, including synergies and conflicts.

Suggested themes and article types include, but are not limited to:

  • Land use change under human society development
  • Ecotourism development and its influence on natural environment
  • Land use policy in promoting the vitality of historical cities
  • Management of the environment and natural resources
  • Residents’ perceptions on environmental sustainability and regional development

Dr. Panagiotis Lemonakis
Dr. Apostolos Kantartzis
Dr. Chrisovaladis Malesios
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Keywords

  • land use planning
  • trail path
  • natural environment protection
  • urban and rural areas
  • cultural heritage
  • wildlife ecosystem

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Land Diversification and Its Contribution to Farms’ Income
by Anna Tafidou, Evgenia Lialia, Angelos Prentzas, Asimina Kouriati, Eleni Dimitriadou, Christina Moulogianni and Thomas Bournaris
Land 2023, 12(4), 911; https://doi.org/10.3390/land12040911 - 19 Apr 2023
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Management and utilization of factors of production, in addition to diversification of land use, affect the performance of farms. In this article, it is identified whether the diversification of land use through its disposal to tourism infrastructure has a positive impact on the [...] Read more.
Management and utilization of factors of production, in addition to diversification of land use, affect the performance of farms. In this article, it is identified whether the diversification of land use through its disposal to tourism infrastructure has a positive impact on the farms’ income. This identification was conducted by processing technical and economic data and applying bootstrap regression analysis. The research was conducted using a sample of 56 farms active in hospitality alongside agriculture, utilizing possibly uncultivated areas of land. Data collection was carried out by personal visits to the examined farms. The results showed that the performance of the farms is enhanced by tourism activity. At the same time, the results showed that land used for tourism activities has a positive impact on farms’ income. Paid labor also appears to have a positive influence. Although this investigation was executed in the Region of Central Macedonia (Greece), it contributes to strengthening the existing literature on rural tourism and land use. At the same time, it gives alternatives to policy-makers and owner-managers of farms regarding the utilization of the available factors of production with an emphasis on the land one. Full article
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Factors Affecting Earthwork Volume in Forest Road Construction on Steep Terrain
by Ivica Papa, Rodolfo Picchio, Mihael Lovrinčević, David Janeš, Tibor Pentek, Dino Validžić, Rachele Venanzi and Andreja Đuka
Land 2023, 12(2), 400; https://doi.org/10.3390/land12020400 - 2 Feb 2023
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Forest roads, as a prerequisite for high-quality forest management, should be optimally distributed in order to avoid negative environmental impacts and to best fulfill their task. In the design phase of forest roads, it is necessary to know which factors influence most the [...] Read more.
Forest roads, as a prerequisite for high-quality forest management, should be optimally distributed in order to avoid negative environmental impacts and to best fulfill their task. In the design phase of forest roads, it is necessary to know which factors influence most the volume of earthworks to enable the designer to best adapt to the terrain requirements. In this paper the impact of an average cross terrain slope and carriageway value of a forest road on cut and fill volume is analyzed. The research was carried out in the area of the management unit Trovrh–Kik, characterized by irregular terrain with slopes ranging between 27 and 58%, and on some micro locations even up to 84%. On eight forest roads, based on standard cross-section profiles, the influence of the average cross terrain slope and carriageway value (difference between ground level and grade level) of the forest road on the cut and fill volume per 1 m of the forest road route was analyzed. The obtained coefficients of determination indicate a strong correlation between the cut volume and carriageway value (R2 = 0.6841), and a moderate correlation between the fill volume and carriageway value (R2 = 0.5619). Unlike the influence of carriageway value on the cut and fill volume, the correlation between the cross terrain slope and fill volume is weak (R2 = 0.2076) or moderate in the case of the cut volume (R2 = 0.3167). On the basis of the analyzed standard cross-section profiles, it was determined that the carriageway value was 0.051 m, where the difference between the cut and fill volume was minimum and the average actual carriageway value was determined to be −0.09 m. It can be concluded that, on terrains with large and varying slopes, there is no unique model or terrain factor that could describe the earthworks required in the construction of a forest road. However, it is beyond doubt that the increase in the carriageway value and cross terrain slope caused the increase in the aforementioned volumes. Full article
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Land Use Planning and Green Environment Services: The Contribution of Trail Paths to Sustainable Development
by Grigorios L. Kyriakopoulos
Land 2023, 12(5), 1041; https://doi.org/10.3390/land12051041 - 10 May 2023
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Recently land-use planning and green environment services have been considered as inseparable parts of the design of trail paths for a sustainable development. At present there is need of a holistic overview of land uses and land cover, to be linked with the [...] Read more.
Recently land-use planning and green environment services have been considered as inseparable parts of the design of trail paths for a sustainable development. At present there is need of a holistic overview of land uses and land cover, to be linked with the natural environment and regional development. The key determinants of such an approach embody changes in the wake of drivers and anthropocentric changes as well as changes in global greenhouse gases, causing climate change and affecting global biodiversity. In this study the key determinants and the main research objects of previously developed studies were systematically approached by a search of the literature through the Scopus database using these four fields of keywords: (a) “land use” AND environment AND development, (b) “trail path” in the “article titles” AND the subcategory of “land”, (c) “land use” AND “sustainable development”, and, (d) “sustainable” AND “trail”. The derived documents were collected and organized into the following four main domains, being paired together by: (a) year and country/territory, and, (b) keyword and subject area. The classification of the documents was followed by the calculation of relevant “intensity ratios” as key determinants that disclose the well-defined and the emerging fields of further perspectives regarding land use planning and the particular emerging dynamics of the development of trail paths. Full article
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