We are already paying unemployment benefits, so it wouldn't cost much more than what we're already paying. It just seems to make so much sense to employ those same people to build and improve our network of trails.
|A little trail goes a long ways.|
Let's look at the possible benefits:
- It would provide employment.
- It would give us more and better trails.
- It would improve the self esteem of the unemployed.
- It might encourage some to find other work.
- It would promote alternative transportation.
- It would introduce more people to our incredible national trail system.
- It would promote active lifestyles.
- It would help unemployed people to get out and network and learn new skills.
- We have legions of people who are unemployed and receiving unemployment benefits/income.
- We have land currently available for trail building. (federal land, open space, abandoned rail corridors, etc.)
- Trail building does not require highly skilled/specialized labor (for most trail corridors).
- Most segments of trail do not require costly or sophisticated tools, machinery, or supplies. (Certain trail segments need bridges, asphalt, & concrete, but even those segments can benefit from a certain amount of good old sweat equity to lay the foundation.)