Visitor Use Management Framework

Publication and Source

Interagency Visitor Use Management Council (2016). Visitor Use Management Framework: A Guide to Providing Sustainable Outdoor Recreation.

Short Description

The Interagency Visitor Use Management Council is excited to share its Visitor Use Management Framework, Edition One. The framework provides a flexible process for managing visitor use on federally managed lands and waters that can be incorporated, as appropriate, into existing agency planning and decision-making processes.  By using this Visitor Use Management Framework, managers collaboratively develop long-term strategies for providing access, connecting visitors to key visitor experiences, protecting resources, and managing visitor use. The purpose of the framework is to provide cohesive guidance on four major elements for analyzing and managing visitor use on federally managed lands and waters. It is also intended to provide a legally defensible, transparent decisionmaking process that meets law and policy requirements, ensures agency accountability, and provides sound rationales upon which to base management decisions and actions.

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