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European Forest Recreation Policies and Possible United States Implications

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In 1967 the author studied forest recreation use and policy, primarily in Germany, Switzerland, and Great Britain. Unlike U.S. citizens, Europeans were found to be more tradition-oriented, obedient to authoritarian governmental rules. People walk more, and good railway connections carry hikers from cities to the trails. These conditions are reflected in recreation developments and forest-use policies. Provision is made for walking trails and simple camping facilities, often in close proximity to or within commercial forests. Even with large populations near their forests these European nations provide for regulated public use. User regulation is better accepted and understood, and user organizations, as yet, have little influence on forest recreation policy. Yet there is concern that tradition and historic perspective may impede careful recreation planning.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, School of Forestry, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul

Publication date: December 1, 1969

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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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