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U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture


About the Recreation Service Line

The Recreation service line supports delivery of the Forest Service mission through training, products and services at all levels of the agency. This service line provides broad support to NFS programs such as Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources (RHVR) , Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers (WWSR), engineering, lands and minerals, planning, conservation education, and the national partnership office. In addition, services will be provided for the research and development (RandD) and State and Private Forestry (SandPF) deputy areas as they grow. Recreation is a key service line within the Enterprise Program because it provides skilled recreation specialists, landscape architects, social scientists, trail engineers and forestry technicians to complement the work of other service lines.

Our Mission

Enterprise Recreation services assist in making the Forest Service mission a reality: To sustain the health and diversity of the nation’s forests and grasslands for present and future generations.

Services Offered

  • Recreation and Scenery Resource Planning
  • Management of recreation and scenic resources. This includes development of inventories at forest level, training at regional and forest levels, developing national inventory protocols, strategies and training delivery, providing specialist reports for forest plan compliance, visual simulations, and assisting forests with visitor use management.
  • Recreation Business
  • Policy development, training, financial analysis and program management for the recreation fee program and National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS). Training and inventory design for National Visitor Use Management (NVUM). Data input and analysis for Infra rec sites and trails modules.
  • Congressionally-Designated Areas, Special Areas and Iconic Places
  • Congressionally-designated areas include wilderness areas and other designations such as national monuments, national scenic trails, national scenic areas, etc. Work in this offering includes, but is not limited to: wilderness evaluation; comprehensive management plan development for wild and scenic rivers; national historic, recreation and scenic trails inventory, assessment, planning and maintenance; and national monument plan development.
  • Trails
  • Provide internal and external clients with tools necessary to plan, design and implement maintainable trails. Tools include training, engineering, field crews for implementation, etc.
  • Developed Recreation Planning and Design
  • Recreation planning and design of campgrounds, day use areas, trailheads, trails, visitor centers, water-based recreation, etc. Development of concept plans, design criteria, design narratives, engineering reports, site plans, master plans, construction packages, universal access and construction. Recreation site analysis of forest recreation facilities.
  • Recreation Special Uses
  • This offering focuses on the strategic development and business side of recreation special uses, including policy analysis and implementation, recreation special uses planning, and permit administration.
  • Socio-economics and Community engagement
  • Socio-economic analysis and training outside of NEPA planning. Support for the national Human Dimensions community as well as interagency efforts to promote and improve the use of social science in agency decision making. Includes community engagement and public collaboration.