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County GIS specialist presents upcoming trails map


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By C.J. McMANUS
Sun Advocate associate editor

The trails that have long been a major resource in the Castle Country have been mapped for sportsman, riders and hikers looking to visit the area.

Carbon County GIS Specialist Jordan Behunin, showcased the new Castle Country Trails System map to the Business Expansion and Retention Executive Board last Friday, making clear that the final product will not be ready until March. GIS employees are working to ensure the accuracy of map date and finalize cartography.

A major task for the county's GIS department as the group has been to make sure that massive amount of information was rendered in an accurate way. The group was also very cognisant of the map's esthetics as it was important to Behunin that the map be accurate and pleasing to the eye.

"We have worked very hard to make sure this map is user friendly and that anyone relying on the map will be able to use the amenities outlined and get from point A to point B safely."

While the map is a major product for local trail enthusiasts, it is also a benefit for the area's tourism office.

"For the first time we have an actual map which displays all of the current trails in Carbon County," said Carbon County Office of Tourism Office Manager Jana Abrams. "This map is evolving and is a work in progress, there are more trails and loops which are being worked on."

On Feb. 6, Office of Tourism Director Shalee Johansen spoke about the maps importance during the tourism office's monthly meeting.

This map is a major asset for the county as it displays for everyone a route in which they can go from the east end of Carbon County to the west end non-stop, she said. The trail is multi-use, meaning that ATV riders, bicyclers, hikers, runners and walkers can enjoy the system.

The map can be obtained now be going online at http://maps.carbon.utah.gov/contact.html, it will soon be available in paper form at many Carbon County offices including the Office of Tourism.

Johansen will be taking the map to trade shows beginning in March, hoping to draw additional outdoor enthusiasts to the area.

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