Most of us participate in some form of outdoor recreation: hiking, hunting, riding all-terrain vehicles, or simply enjoying nature. Managing for outdoor recreation on public lands is mandated by federal law and an integral part of natural resource management. In this class, we'll learn why and how agencies manage recreation at the federal level, the management frameworks that guide this work, and apply management principles to an actual federal property in Minnesota.
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the principles and practices of outdoor recreation management. Specific objectives are to: (1) understand federal recreation land management policy & organization, (2) develop an understanding of conceptual frameworks for recreation resource & visitor use management, (3) identify & evaluate visitor caused impacts to resources & to visitor experiences, understand & be able to use management tools designed to reduce recreation- related impacts & conflicts, & (4) demonstrate an understanding of course material through exams & applied assignments.