A Research Strategy to Ignite the Science of Outdoor Recreation on Public Lands

Authors

  • Anna B. Miller Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Engineering; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4919-8156
  • Lee K. Cerveny U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • Monika M. Derrien U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • Steven Selin West Virginia University
  • Dale J. Blahna U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/JPRA-2019-10049

Keywords:

Outdoor recreation, tourism, management, public lands, social-ecological systems

Abstract

To respond to changing demands for outdoor experiences on public lands, managers and researchers specializing in outdoor recreation and tourism are calling for a shift in the way we think about, study, and manage recreation. New and updated conceptual frameworks and management tools are needed to guide agency decision-makers as they face complex and dynamic outdoor recreation management challenges. This article introduces a research strategy that seeks to align management needs with actionable research on sustainable recreation and tourism. We describe eight Research Focus Areas (RFAs) proposed in the strategy. These RFAs were identified and developed through a collaborative process involving researchers and practitioners from government, academia, industry, and non-profit sectors. We emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary, interagency collaboration to solve modern challenges in outdoor recreation management from the site to landscape scale. Subscribe to JPRA

Published

2020-06-01

Issue

Section

Research Notes