Igniting the Science of Outdoor Recreation
Bridging management and research to understand outdoor experiences and human connections with natural and cultural heritage
An integrated team of managers, practitioners, and researchers has formed to find ways to bolster our collective research capacity and improve alignment around priority research needs for outdoor recreation and nature-based experiences. We work across many agencies, universities, and community-based organizations to identify the most important areas for future investment to enhance the quality and opportunity for people to connect with nature on our public lands.
Identify High Impact R&D Projects – An integrated team of managers and researchers will investigate information needs and identify short-term, priority projects that can be addressed through targeted funding across deputy areas (R&D-NFS-S&PF). Projects selected would be high-impact and implementable on the ground, with a strong extension focus (generating tools and frameworks). We seek 2 to 3 recreation leaders to help us prioritize agency needs.
Re-imagining ROS: Framework for Managing Outdoor Experiences – An integrated team of managers and researchers will explore the need for a new management and planning framework to enhance our ability to provide a diversity of outdoor experiences on public lands while benefiting natural resources, local economies, and socio-cultural connections. This may involve a remodel of the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum or construction of a novel tool or framework.
We need your help! If you are interested in assisting with either of the above future needs, please contact:
USFS R&D: Lee Cerveny at email@example.com
Recreation on public lands is a vast topic addressed by many agencies, organizations, and individuals. Peruse the websites listed below for further resources.
Reclink - A platform hosting discussion for public land recreation professionals.
HDgov Human Dimensions - HDgov is a multi-agency website for all things human dimensions of natural resources.
Interagency Visitor Use Management Coucil - A collaboration of six federal agencies on visitor use management in public lands.
Bureau of Land Management Recreation and Visitor Services - Get to know the recreation opportunities available on BLM lands.