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Pocatello Trails and Erosion

The greater Pocatello area encompasses about a thousand miles of trails. It’s well beloved by locals and visitors alike. But these trails take a lot of love and maintenance to keep them open and available to the public without degrading our environment. In this episode, Jessa and Emma talk to Glenn Thackray and Jennifer Cornell, local scientists, about what threatens our Pocatello trails.

In this episode, geoscientist Glenn Thackray walks through erosion of Pocatello trails - what causes it and how we as trail users can avoid exacerbating the situation. The surface water quality manager for the Pocatello regional office of the Department of Environmental quality, Jennifer Cornell talks about sediment from the trails and how it impacts our rivers, waterways, and water organisms.

If you’re new to Pocatello or weren't aware of our beautiful trail system, see below for more information!

Visit Pocatello:

Some information about trail management:

A list of Pocatello trails:

A 2020 blog from ISU graduate student Austin Terry:

For comments, topic suggestions, or more information, please reach out to Jessa at and Emma at

Jessa is in her final year of her undergraduate career, pursuing three majors: English with Creative Writing, History, and Global Studies with an emphasis in French Language and Literature. She is a published author through ISU's Black Rock & Sage literary magazine and hopes to join the Sustainability Club at ISU. Her sustainability journey began with her year abroad when she interned for Letters to the Earth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability. She hopes to work for Amnesty International until she can write books in the mountains full time.