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Natural Areas and Urban Populations: Communication and Environmental Education Challenges and Actions in Outdoor Recreation

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Challenges, opportunities, and actions exist in areas where large urban populations interface with natural areas, such as outdoor recreation sites in southern California. Challenges in the interface include intense recreation use, public safety issues, and complex information strategies. Research results on communications and environmental education offer opportunities to address information challenges. Actions taken include the use of Eco-Teams (delivers environmental messages), a forest information van (delivers information of interest to visitors), and Hawkins Natural Park in South Central Los Angeles (delivers environmental education). Each exemplifies well-planned ways to address interface issues.

Keywords: Latinos; communication; environmental education; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; interface; natural resource management; natural resources; urbanization

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: Project Leader/Research Social Scientist Pacific Southwest Research Station USDA Forest Service 4955 Canyon Crest Drive Riverside CA 92507, Email:

Publication date: 2005-12-01

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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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