Elevating Outdoor Recreation Together
Outdoor recreation fuels many local, state,and national economies and accounts for 2% of consumer spending in the United States; and states are acknowledging its importance. Several states have established formal offices that promote outdoor recreation benefits and the outdoor economy. Additionally, outdoor recreation improves quality of life for millions of individuals.
This study provides an overview and analysis of the eleven current state offices or initiatives promoting outdoor recreation. Many outdoor recreation activities rely on access to public lands, and this study examines the alignment of shared conservation and recreation goals among federal, state, and local land management entities. Comprehensive interviews were conducted exploring how and why the outdoor recreation offices have emerged, their goals, and ways they collaborate externally. Discussion of the findings and implications are detailed in the report.
Most people know that the National Park Service cares for national parks, a network of nearly 400 natural, cultural and recreational sites across the nation. The treasures in this system -- the first of its kind in the world -- have been set aside by the American people to preserve, protect, and share, the legacies of this land.
Sausser, B. & Smith, J. W. (2018). Elevating Outdoor Recreation Together: Opportunitiesforsynergy between state offices of outdoor recreation and federal land-management agencies, the outdoor recreation industry, non-governmental organizations, and local outdoor recreation providers. Logan, UT: Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism.
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