Protected Area Risk Communication: Baseline Practices for Outdoor Recreation

Authors

  • Garrett Hutson Brock University Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Ryan Howard Lakehead University Outdoor recreation, parks, and tourism

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/JOREL-2018-V10-I3-8521

Keywords:

risk communication, outdoor recreation, social media engagement, signage

Abstract

This project provided baseline risk communication practices to the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) for its consideration in developing new policies and management direction for outdoor recreation. This essay provides a summary of the project with a discussion of the practice recommendations. The CWS manages 54 National Wildlife Areas and 92 Migratory Bird Sanctuaries in Canada. To make protected areas more relevant to Canadians, the Government of Canada launched a federal initiative in 2013 to connect Canadians to nature. This initiative is opening 10 near-urban National Wildlife Areas to Canadians through the provision of infrastructure for the creation of new outdoor recreation opportunities. We provide evidenceinformed recommendations for risk communication gathered from protected area document analysis and a focused review of the literature on risk management, risk communication, and outdoor recreation. Further, we discuss implications for protected area managers. 

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Published

2018-08-15

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Essays, Practices and Commentaries