When Can Forest Recreation Be Considered as Exclusive or Dominant?

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A discussion of the conditions under which recreation represents an exclusive or dominant use of forest lands need no longer be considered academic. Recreation as a full-fledged use can now be said to have attained mature stature along with the management of forest lands for timber, water, forage, and wildlife. On a national scale, this change has occurred most swiftly and pronouncedly during the past quarter century. It reflects the highly significant shifts which have come about in our culture with respect to such readily measurable factors as increased leisure time, greater mobility, larger spendable income, more people, longer life, and more activity among older persons. To these factors we may add a growing consciousness of the value of rural escape from the stresses of harried urban existence.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Division of Forest Influences, U. S. Forest Service, Washington, D. C.

Publication date: April 1, 1952

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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