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Recreation Planning Resources

The following index of web page links serves as a comprehensive informational resource for recreation planning professionals. The links contained in this document cover a wide range of recreational activities, key planning considerations, theoretical resources, and sources of more specialized information.

The document is organized alphabetically by category.  For example, ROS links are found under “R” and have all the documents for FLMP planning that have been developed by the Forest Service for recreation planners doing Forest Planning.  Questions on these links can be referred to the National Program Leader for Recreation Planning: Floyd A. Thompson, III (202)205-1423; fthompson02@fs.fed.us
 

Accessibility

http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/accessibility/

Built Environment Image Guide (BEIG)

http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/beig/

http://www.fs.fed.us/eng/php/library_card.php?p_num=0723%201805P

Benefits of Outdoor Recreation Participation

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/23841

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/4578

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/13891

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/23140

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/23143

Non-market Economic Values of Recreation

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/5620

Wilderness

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/21967
           
http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/25173

Environmental Compliance

https://fhwapap04.fhwa.dot.gov/nhswp/index.jsp

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/1759

Resource Impacts Caused by Recreation Activities

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/23615

Impacts of Fire on Forest Recreation

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/24119

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/30748

Impacts of Invasive Plants on Recreation and Scenic Resources

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/31253

Recreation Resource Advisory Committees

http://www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/rrac-org-links.shtml

Heritage Recreation and Tourism

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Heritage_Resources/Archaeology%20HTpolicy.pdf

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Tourism/ANHA_Heritage_Eco_Imp_Report.pdf

www.culturalheritagetourism.org

http://history.utah.org/httoolkit/

www.nationaltrust.org/heritage_tourism/

Hunting and Fishing

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/14561

Interpretive Planning

http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/cdi/interp_plan_tools/index.shtml

http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/cdi/specifications/index.shtml

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/13892

www.interpnet.com

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Accessibility/Guidelines_Interpretive_Media_NPS.pdf

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Accessibility/Mohonk_Nature_Access_Manual.pdf

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Interpretation/Interpretation-Education.pdf

Limits of Acceptable Change

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/23899

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/contents/23899

http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs_int/int_gtr371/int_gtr371_069_071.pdf

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Visitor_Capacity/Limits_of_Acceptable_Change.pdf

Managing Outdoor Recreation

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/26955

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/9557

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/22281

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/27600

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/13005

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/17101

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/2925

http://www.narrp.org/clubportal/images/clubimages/1431/Recreation_Resource_Planning_Principles_April-2009.pdf

Best Practices in Recreation Resource Planning: A Resource Guide for Planners

            http://www.narrp.org/clubportal/ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=1431&pubmenuoptID=28072

River Recreation

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/13882

          Wilderness Recreation

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/22002

Community Involvement

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/31008

Managing Conflicting Recreation Activities

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/23602

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/12991

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/23587

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/12597

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/22020

http://72.41.119.75/Library/User_Conflict/Recreation_Recreational_User_Conflict_Resolution_Principle_PA_DCNR.pdf

                        Hikers and Recreation Stock Users
                        http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/23886

                        Mountain Biking
                        http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/28586

Public Collaboration and Partnerships for Recreation Management

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/27082

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/12635

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/12233

Urban and High Use Recreation Settings

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/10227

Recreation Planning Organizations

                        American Planning Association
                        www.planning.org

George Wright Society
                        www.georgewright.org

                   International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration
                        www.ifpra.org

                        National Association of State Park Directors
                        www.naspd.org

                        National Recreation and Park Association
                        www.nrpa.org

                        National Association of Recreation Resource Planners
                        www.narrp.org

Federal Agencies performing Recreation Planning

                        Bureau of Land Management Land Use Planning
                        www.blm.gov/planning

                        Bureau of Reclamation
                        www.usbr.gov/pmts/planning and www.usbr.gov/recreation/

                        Environmental Protection Agency
                        www.epa.gov/lawsregs/search/index.html
           
                        National Park Service
                        www.nature.nps.gov/publications/index.cfm
                                   
National Park Service Management Policies
                                    http://72.41.119.75/Library/NPS_policies2006.pdf

                        National Park Service Planning Site
                        http://planning.nps.gov

                        NOAA Coral Conservation Program
                        http://coralreef.noaa.gov

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Natural Resource Management Gateway
                        http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/

                        U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Refuge Planning Documents
                        http://library.fws.gov/ccps.htm

                        USDA Forest Service
                        www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs

                   Toolbox for the Great Outdoors

                        www.tools4outdoors.us

Miscellaneous Recreation Planning Resources

http://www.fs.fed.us/eng/php/eng_search.php?category=Program&srchword=13

http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/cdi/getting_started/index.shtml

Off Highway Vehicles

http://www.fs.fed.us/eng/php/library_card.php?p_num=9823%202837

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/21307

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/28579

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/27546

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/21158

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/13893

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/22284

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Recreation_Research/OHV_Recreation_US_Regions_States_2008.pdf

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Recreation_Research/Trends_Demographics_ORV_Users.pdf

Outdoor Recreation Participation Trends

http://www.rff.org/RFF/Documents/RFF-DP-09-18.pdf

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/767

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/30614

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/13818

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/12992

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/4054

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/12678

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/20814

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/12989

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/contents/20814

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/765

http://www.outdoorfoundation.org/research.index.html

http://warnell.forestry.uga.edu/nrrt/nsre/IRISRec/IRISRec8rpt.pdf

http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr778.pdf

http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/trends/Nsre/nsre2.html

          River, Lakes & Reservoir Recreation Trends

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/12984

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/13023

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/4826

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/12283

          Wilderness Recreation Trends

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/23884

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/30615

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/23577

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/30679

Hunting and Fishing Trends

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/12976

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/17079

Boating Trends

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/12983

Camping Trends

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/14557

Partner Resources for Recreation

American Recreation Coalition

http://www.funoutdoors.com/

National Association of Recreation Resource Planers (NARRP)

www.narrp.org

National Geographic Geo-tourism

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/sustainable/index.html

          Nature Conservancy – Ecotourism Planning Resources

www.nature.org/aboutus/travel/ecotourism/

Tread Lightly

http://www.treadlightly.org/page.php/programs-government/government- resource.html

 

Place Based Planning

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/28620

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/29924

http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_rn562.pdf

 

Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS)

http://www.fs.fed.us/eng/ros.htm

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Visitor_Experience_Management/Recreation_Opportunity_Spectrum_1979.pdf

ROS Chapter 60

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Visitor_Experience_Management/ros_project_planning_users_guide_1987.pdf

Water Recreation Opportunity Spectrum Users Guide

http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/planning/wros/wros_report.pdf

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Visitor_Experience_Management/WROS_presentation.pdf

Applying ROS to Non-Federal Lands

http://www.fs.fed.us/ne/newtown_square/publications/technical_reports/pdfs/2003/gtrne309.pdf

Recreation Settings

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Scenery_Management/Ecological_Aesthetic_1999_Gobster.pdf

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Scenery_Management/Ecological_Aesthetic_2001_Gobster.pdf

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Scenery_Management/SMS_Handbook%20(Reduced%20and%20Oriented).pdf

Scenery Management
http://72.41.119.75/Library/Scenery_Management/Ecological_Aesthetic_1999_Gobster.pdf
           
http://72.41.119.75/Library/Scenery_Management/Ecological_Aesthetic_2001_Gobster.pdf

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Scenery_Management/SMS_Handbook%20(Reduced%20and%20Oriented).pdf

Recreation Research Publications

http://warnell.forestry.uga.edu/nrrt/nsre/IrisReports.html

http://www.narrp.org/clubportal/ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=1431&pubmenuoptID=16654#recreation_research

Scenic Byways

http://www.bywaysonline.org/

Statewide SCORP Reports

http://www.narrp.org/clubportal/ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=1431&pubmenuoptID=16654#SCORPs

Sustainable Recreation
http://72.41.119.75/Library/Sustainability/Sustainable_Recreation_Lindberg.pdf

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Sustainability/USFS_Rec_Sustainability_Study.pdf

Training and Conferences

http://www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/rtca/news&events/ne_conferences.htm

http://carhart.wilderness.net

www.blm.gov/ntc/st/en.html

www.eppley.org

http://training.fws.gov 

http://www.nrpa.org/Content.aspx?id=1112

http://nrdlc.iddl.vt.edu/

Trails and Gateway Communities

http://urpl.wisc.edu/people/marcouiller/publications/G3880%20Trails.pdf

http://www.gatewaysusa.org/

 

Visitor Capacity Planning

http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/symposium.htm

http://usercapacity.nps.gov/search.aspx

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Visitor_Capacity/Visitor_Capacity_Public_Lands_Waters_2002.pdf

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Visitor_Capacity/estimating_recreation_demand.pdf

Visitor Use Data

http://www.fs.fed.us/eng/php/library_card.php?p_num=9623%201805

http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/facts/

http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/NationalSurvey/National_Survey.htm

 

Visitor Experience & Preferences

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/14966

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/28618

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/14862

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/769     

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Visitor_Experience_Management/Developing_sustainable_customer_experience_mgt_plan.pdf

 

Visitor Experience and Resource Protection (VERP) Framework

            http://planning.nps.gov/document/verphandbook.pdf

Aesthetics

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/27609

Camping

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/15038

          Wilderness

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/22000

 

Water Recreation

www.americancanoe.org

www.americanrivers.org

www.americanwhitewater.org

http://www.bluetrailsguide.org/

www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/rtca/helpfultools/ht_publications.html

www.river-management.org

Wilderness

www.wilderness.net

Wilderness Recreation Use

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/4566

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/20811

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/21844

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/23608

          Displacement of Wilderness Users

            http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/29186

Winter Recreation

http://www.fs.fed.us/eng/php/library_card.php?p_num=0623%201802P

http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/22033

            Winter Sign Posts
http://www.fs.fed.us/eng/php/library_card.php?p_num=9823%202806

 

Youth Outdoors

http://www.rff.org/RFF/Documents/RFF-DP-09-21.pdf

www.cnaturenet.org

http://warnell.forestry.uga.edu/nrrt/nsre/IRISRec/IRISRec14rpt.pdf

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Children_in_Nature/CNN_Research_Studies_2009.pdf

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Children_in_Nature/Childrens_Nature_Deficit_Disorder_What_known_unknown.pdf

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Children_in_Nature/Shared_Nature_Exp_Pathway_Family_Bonds.pdf

http://72.41.119.75/Library/Children_in_Nature/NRPA_Survey_Regarding_Children_and_Nature_2007.pdf

 

 

 

 

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