Principles for Advancing Outdoor Recreation and Conservation

Short Description

There is potential for natural allies among outdoor recreation enthusiasts, conservation advocates, and public land managers. Outdoor recreation in nature has been and continues to be a major part of conservation, adds economic stability and other benefits to the srrounding communities, and can have positive or negative affects on public lands depending how it is managed. Based on this, the following principles are adopted as a framework for building a collective, strategic conversations among recreators, advocates, and public land managers.

  1. Outdoor recreation and conservbation require that a diversity of lands and waters be publically owned, available for public access, and well-stewarded
  2. Recreation and conservation need each other
  3. Outdoor users are responsible for avoiding and minimizing the impacts of their use across the places they recreate and the larger landscape
  4. Proactive, professional planning and management combined with public education is necessary to care for the land and provide a diversity of quality recreation opportunities
  5. Physical, biological and social science must inform the management of recreation
  6. Stable long-term funding and creative management solutions are essential to protect the environment and support outdoor recreation

More insights, information, and feedback on the framwork can be found in the complete document created by the SHIFT Roundtable on Land Conservation, Wilderness Advocacy & Human-Powered Outdoor Recreation.