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Travel, Tourism, and Interpretation

Partnerships with tourism industry are essential components of USDA Forest Service mission delivery in sustainable use, community development and visitor management.  Our policy is to work with our interagency federal tourism partners, state tourism offices and the Departments of Commence (DOC) and Transportation to promote sustainable natural areas development and visitor use through agreements such as; Federal DOC Tourism Policy Council; Western States Tourism Policy Council and Southeast Tourism Policy Council.  Our agency is also a member of Travel Industry of America (TIA) to assist coordination with industry-wide sustainable "best practices" initiatives.

National Program Manager for Travel, Tourism, and Interpretation: Toby Bloom

For an overview of the travel, tourism, and interpretation program, please review this PowerPoint presentation.

Key program areas for USFS travel, tourism, and interpretation:

  • USFS National Forest & Grasslands Explorer app
  • USFS NatureWatch Website
  • Passport in Time
  • Recreation.gov - your gateway to explore America's outdoor and cultural destinations with trip planning, information sharing, and online reservations.
  • Center for Design and Interpretation (CDI)
  • Visitor use and economic monitoring data through the National Visitor Use Monitoring Program
  • The NATIVE Act requires the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Interior, and federal agencies with recreational travel or tourism functions to update their management plans and tourism initiatives to include Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and Native Hawaiian organizations. The USFS has a MOU with the American Indian and Alaska Native Tourism Association for this work.
  • Recreation Economies in Gateway Communities - a joint initiative between the Forest Service (FS)​ and USDA Rural Development (RD) Agencies to identify candidates in forest gateway communities for funding and technical assistance in the development of recreation and hospitality infrastructure. Grants, loans, and loan guarantees provided by RD support small business development in gateway communities, enhance the local recreation economy, improve quality of life for locals, and increase access to recreation for visitors.
  • It’s All Yours campaign raises awareness of the public ownership of National Forests and Grasslands by targeting visitors and potential visitors with two messages: It's All Yours and go. play.  Together the two messages create a sense of freedom, exploration and ownership.

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Last modified May 06, 2019

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