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The Recreation Program evaluates problems associated with recreation management and provides field personnel and managers with technical support and expertise. Historically, the Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC) has specialized in dispersed recreation and wilderness issues. The San Dimas Technology and Development Center (SDTDC) has specialized in developed site recreation issues. Dexter Meadows serves as the Recreation Program Leader at San Dimas, and Robert Wetherell serves as Recreation Program Leader at Missoula. In 1993, recreation projects were grouped by categories or emphasis areas to better display the recreation issues faced by recreation administrators. These categories include: Sanitation/Water/Waste Disposal, Trails, Recreation Administration, Wilderness, Heritage, and Technical Services.

The Recreation Program conducts investigations and studies, develops or evaluates new products, tools, methods, and technologies, in response to new management strategies and demands. Training in the application of these new developments is also provided. Requests for information are fielded throughout the year. Problem areas or new ideas for testing or development are proposed by field personnel and reviewed by the National Recreation Steering Committee. The National Recreation Steering Committee meets every spring and fall to review progress, evaluate and prioritize proposed projects, and discuss opportunities. Ideas for improvement are considered for every aspect of recreation management. Submit your ideas to the committee by using the proposal form on this Web site.

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