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Recreation Opportunity Spectrum Approach to Resource Planning

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Recreation opportunity planning incorporates the concept of a Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) into a planning system that combines relationships between natural resource settings, recreational activities, and the resulting recreationist experiences into six ROS classes of land and water areas. The ROS provides a framework for planning and managing recreation for experience objectives, aids in clarifying agency and private sector roles, and is a means of informing the recreating public what to expect from given resource settings. Both the USDA Forest Service and the USDI Bureau of Land Management have adopted recreation opportunity planning as part of their integrated land and resource management planning process.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Supervisor Jefferson National Forest, Roanoke, Virginia

Publication date: February 1, 1982

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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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