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Outdoor Recreation Research and Education for the 21st Century: Defining National Direction and Building Capacity

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Abstract:

Outdoor recreation has emerged as an important way in which forests contribute to national public health and prosperity. This article builds a case for strengthening science and education-based programs to address outdoor recreation management challenges and train the next generation of natural resource leaders. We describe a national-level effort to develop a 5-year strategic plan for outdoor recreation research and education. Outcomes from this strategic plan are elaborated and a call to action is issued. The forestry community needs to seize this political opportunity to bring about real change on the ground—change that builds a healthier and more prosperous America.

Keywords: education; outdoor recreation; research; strategic plan

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2009

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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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