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Recreation Facility Analysis

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Recreation Facility Analysis steps and how you can be involved...

Public involvement is an important aspect of the Recreation Facility Analysis process. Steps of the process include:

  • Recreation site data preparation. Forests look at existing data for each site to ensure it is adequate for analysis. This step may require gathering more data.
  • Examination of trends in outdoor recreation (by the public in general and on each national forest specifically) along with the settings, special places, and opportunities a forest offers.
  • A preliminary analysis of how well a national forest’s existing recreation sites meet public needs considering recreation trend analyses, community importance, and current program constraints (i.e., budget, time constraints, personnel, etc.)
  • Based on this initial analysis, the resulting proposed 5-year program of work is shared, reviewed, and discussed with the public.
  • Adjustments and changes are made to the proposed program of work as a result of public participation to produce a 5-year program of work for the recreation sites program for each national forest.
  • The program of work is reviewed annually, and revised as needed.

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Last modified March 28, 2013

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