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  • Parks as sanctuaries and refuges in times of crisis
    Public land managers and health officers are challenged and stressed to make excruciatingly difficult decisions. How do we allow people to use public lands safely right now while being cautious and prudent given the deadly situation we’re in? To Close Or Not to Close? That is the Question!  (Nina S. Roberts and Caryl Hart Bay […]
  • Finding Respite on Trails
    America’s incomparable system of national scenic, historic, and recreational trails, and closer to home Connecticut’s Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails, are a perfect way to sustain your mental and physical health, while maintaining the social distancing that is required in these challenging times…More

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What is this box?

counter on trail

Perhaps you've noticed a mysterious grey box with a CT Trail Census decal that has been installed along your trail. The grey electrical junction box houses a Trafx infrared (IR) pedestrian counter that is recording the number of trail users passing it. The counter can sense the temperature differential between warm bodies and the ambient air temperature. Every time a trail user passes the counter, the counter records it, enabling project staff to gauge trail use.