The National Forest System Sustainable Tourism Strategies Floyd A. Thompson, III National Sustainable Tourism, Recreation Planning & Byways USDA, Forest Service, WO Website– www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/tourism.
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The National Forest SystemSustainable Tourism StrategiesFloyd A. Thompson, III National Sustainable Tourism, Recreation Planning & BywaysUSDA, Forest Service, WOWebsite– www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/tourism
National Forests As Destinations for Eco/Geotourism users: Forest Hotspots (2020)
Ambient Population Pressures on Counties with Forests
We have to Conserve the Golden Goose: Sustainable Tourism
within our National Forest System
A Focus on Climate, Water and Kids; requiring conservation of landscapes—healthy ecosystems, support for biodiversity and quality nature based tourism attractions:
PARTNERSHIPS WITH CRUISE INDUSTRY
Tourism product enhancement: Place guides on Alaska marine Ferries & Private cruises—industry pays for service under collection agreement
Sopchoppy, Wakulla County:Worm Grunting Festival;
“Part of the challenge of economic development in the area is the high percentage of public land – this means we have a low tax base,” explained Bonnie Holub,
Exec. Dir. of the Tourist Development Council.
“But this land is also an asset, if we focus on tourism and preserving the beauty around us.”
Forest Service grants that began in 1995, helped community pull together to preserve its assets and plan.
This stretch of Highway 98 is part of the
proposed Big Bend Scenic Byway.
FS Landscape Architect worked
on 2 byways grants
Recreation and Tourism Framework PlanAustin & Tonopah Ranger DistrictsHumboldt-Toiyabe National ForestFramework for Conservation & Promotion of Sustainable Recreation Uses
Case Study on Success
Moosalamoo, Vermont, USA; True Eco-tourism
Collaboratewith public entities to plan, manage, and provide stewardship for wildlife habitat conservation and quality public recreational opportunities and facilities.
Promoteresponsible recreation participation and environmental awareness through interpretation, education, and resource monitoring.
Long term goals---Take the less traveled way
Demonstrate the unique capabilities of public and private partners working together.
Strengthen partnerships at local level in cooperative projects: such as trails, wildlife habitat improvement, and roadside enhancements.
Practice Community Based Public Private Stewardship of the land for sustainable economic growth