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Some Fundamental Characteristics of Outdoor Recreation

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Outdoor recreation management is hampered by many who mistake recognition of happy participants (spending time and money) for understanding of areas, activities, and recreationists. Areas vary principally in condition, size, numbers, and accessibility. Activities vary chiefly in intensity of contest and expertness, and effect expended. Recreationists differ primarily in knowledge, skill, fairness, and honesty. (Professional-conference evaluations currently suggest that excitement be added under activities and background [with interests and activity-choices] under recreationists.) Playing-field sports differ from wild land outdoor rcreation by definiteness of rules and simplicity of area-condition maintenance. Recreation is regarded a primal urge pending conclusions by social scientists. Such primitiveness explains resentment of interests and activities more demanding or less financially rewarding than those favored. Anecdotes and examples are cited in preference to opinion. They excite less argument and prompt other useful accounts and evaluation. Text and table are separated by subtitles and outlined listings for installment reading if the complete analysis proves formidable for one session. Segments also serve as guides for group analysis.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Emeritus Head, Department of Forest Recreation and Wildlife Conservation, Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Publication date: 1966-10-01

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