Trailforks has some cool new features utilizing land owner data. We've been splicing & dicing various shapefiles from a variety of sources to build our land owner polygon database. We are adding land owner boundaries that are most relevant to mountain biking. We already show some of these faintly on our basemap
, this new data is viewed optionally as a new map layer.
OpenStreetMap (OSM) does have some land ownership data, but it is not normalized across countries. This is our attempt to do so, in the scope of trails.
One of the most important pieces of the mountain biking puzzle is the land. Who owns the land or has direct stewardship of it is important when these common questions come up.
1) Can I go here?
2) Can I ride here?
3) Can I camp here?
4) Can I build a trail here?
5) Can I plan a race here?
6) WHO do I talk to about this area when I want to do any of the above?
7) WHO do I thank for making this land available?
The concept of land ownership differs greatly around the world, and you would have to use a rainbow of colored polygons to display the various ownership entities. But again, we really only care about mountain biking and all that goes along with it: building, epic trips, camping near trails, events and bicycle riding contests.
What can you do with this new data on Trailforks? Trail associations, land owners, builders & race organizers can use the new land owner map overlay to help plan their trail network with or around land owners. Race organizers can see what lands a potential race course
intersects to adjust their course or know who they need to contact for proper permits. For regular users you can educate yourself on who's lands your riding in and know which areas to avoid.
The map clearly highlights in dark green the wilderness areas that biking is currently not permitted in the US. The Sustainable Trails Coalition
is working to reverse this ban. This new overlap shows where current trails in relation to these wilderness areas and how they skirt the boundaries.
Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
USFS (parks, 2 different shade greens. Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
Trailforks servers will routinely scan our entire trail database automatically identifying trails within or that intersect major land owners such as the US BLM, USFS, wilderness areas, native lands, BC Parks. Over time we will add more land owner data and grow outside the US.
Trails will automatically be tagged with the land manager info when viewing a trails details.
Along with the map overlay, we also have landmanager trail pages, that give a summary of all the trails within their lands. You can view a map & lists of trails, see the top trails & routes along with other statistics.