DIVERSITY OF CUSTOMER BASE/ACCESSIBILITY

Public lands provide outdoor recreation

opportunities for an increasingly diverse

customer base. This reflects demographic

changes within the American population, including

an increase in the number of ethnic groups,

recognition of nontraditional family structures,

and the increased mobility of persons with

disabilities. Locally, such factors may require

new design responses for different group sizes,

different types of amenities, and different

language needs, although they generally do not

affect overall architectural character on a

regional scale.

 

Under the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968

and other mandates, universal design requires

complete integration of accessibility within our

facilities. As with sustainable design elements,

universal design principles applied to a site or

facility design from the outset seldom, if ever,

have any obvious effect on architectural

character. When skillfully executed, universally

designed facilities fit seamlessly within the

natural and social environments.

 

As population increases near national forests,

facilities must also be made more resistant to

vandalism. In addition, offices must be made

secure for Forest Service employees who

sometimes work in communities where tensions

arise over forest resource issues.

 

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