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  1. Recreation Issues

  2. Outdoor Recreation Is Important • 137.9 million Americans, nearly 50 percent of Americans ages six and older participated in outdoor recreation in 2010. • 40 percent of outdoor enthusiasts participated in outdoor activities at least once a week • 24 percent go outside two times per week or more

  3. Urban Forestry • The participation rate among Americans who live in communities with designated walking and biking trails is higher than those without easy access • Local venues • Destination venues

  4. Gender • Girls’ participation in outdoor recreation is lower than boys’ • Many youth and adolescents are motivated to get outside simply because they think “outdoor activities are cool.”

  5. OR Is Healthy • An outdoor lifestyle appears to provide unique fitness and health benefits. • On average, outdoor participants rate their fitness levels at 6.4 on a 10-point scale versus 5.1 for non-participants. • Participants’ perspectives on their own health was even higher with a rating of 7.5 versus 6.5 for non-participants.

  6. Relationship of OR and Natural Resource Characteristics • Terrain – mountains • Cover type – mature forests and meadows • Water availability – fishable and swimmable • Ownership – public, private, or mixed

  7. Regional Characteristics • Accessibility – population of potential recreators • Travel – ease and cost • Economic conditions – impacts amount and type of activities • Income of recreators – type of activities demanded, equity issues

  8. Types of Recreation and Forest Management • Passive • Resorts, spas, etc. • Driving tours • Casinos

  9. Types of Recreation and Forest Management • Active – Winter • Skiing, snow shoeing • Snow mobiles • Active – Summer • Hike and bike • ORV • High adventure • Fishing • Hunting (Fall)

  10. Private Land • OR a major objective for family forest owners • Evaluate tradeoffs with other objectives • Safety issue in mature stands • Wildlife habitat, especially for birds, is primary • Public access to private land • How to control invited users • Legal liability in cases of attractive nuisances • Hunting leases generate income

  11. Public Land • Recreational use policy • Control of • Level of use • Access • Providing infrastructure • Operation of concentrated and dispersed recreation sites • Sanitation and safety • Search and rescue

  12. Economic impact • High end, • highly developed (Vail, Aspen, etc.) • Economic profile of visitors • Wealthy • Land prices are high • Cost of living is high • Housing • Food

  13. Economic impact • Low end, • Little development (UP Mich, Southern IN) • Middle class • Blue collar

  14. Impact on Environment • Air quality • wood smoke, • vehicle exhaust (depends on terrain) • Water quality and health of streams • Garbage disposal • Road construction