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Recreation Regulations--When Are They Needed?

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Regulation of outdoor recreation needs to be minimized. Managers should establish regulations only when they are the best way to achieve important objectives. Decisions can be arrived at through a that focuses on problem identification, consideration of non-regulatory alternative approaches, and estimation of costs and benefits of potential management actions. The analysis should weed out avoidable regulations, and ensure that those adopted are effective and justified.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Research Social Scientist and Project Leader, Wilderness Management Research, USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Missoula, Montana

Publication date: 1982-03-01

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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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