A Review of Trends and Knowledge Gaps in Latinx Outdoor Recreation on Federal and State Public Lands

Authors

  • Alyssa S. Thomas USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1207-4344
  • José J. Sánchez USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station
  • David Flores USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/JPRA-2021-11064

Keywords:

Latinx, public lands, recreation, race, ethnicity

Abstract

The Latinx population in the United States, estimated to compose 28% of the country’s population by 2050, has a long history of public land use. Yet while research on Latinx outdoor recreation in urban green spaces has increased over the past 20 years, research on Latinx outdoor recreation on federal and state public lands has waned. This study synthesizes the literature on public land use and outdoor recreation on federal and state public lands by the Latinx population in the United States to assess the state of knowledge and to strategically identify research needs in Latinx public land use and outdoor recreation. Our analysis reveals that while institutional barriers such as policies, practices, and procedures that favor some ethnic groups over others continue to exist, barriers to access, such as distance to sites, available free time, and knowledge about how to use public lands may be shifting, offering clues that may help guide informed approaches to outdoor recreation management.

Author Biographies

Alyssa S. Thomas, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station

Alyssa Thomas is a social science analyst with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Program.

José J. Sánchez, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station

José J. Sánchez is a Research Economist with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Riverside, CA USA.

David Flores, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station

David Flores is a Research Social Scientist with the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO USA.

Published

2021-12-14