WASHINGTON, DC—The USDA Forest Service International Programs office hosted a traveling seminar on Planning and Managing Tourism that took place over three weeks this September. This year, they hosted 28 participants from 18 countries, and throughout the trip visited four states: Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. The topics included zoning, management plans, carrying capacity, over-tourism, marketing and promotion, stakeholder involvement and destination planning, as well as the implications of climate change for tourism in protected areas.
WASHINGTON, DC—Every year, people seek out public lands and waters to pursue a growing variety of recreation experiences. Opportunities for access, the condition of the environment and the quality of visitor experiences are increasingly important as the Forest Service seeks to provide excellent customer service. To ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefits of recreation, managers need effective ways to manage use so these special places and the benefits they provide persist for current and future generations.