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Environment and People

Hiker enjoying the vistas of the Bridger Teton National Forest in Wyoming.

An increased use of trails in national forests concurrent with a decline in the number of trails available to visitors suggests that public land management agencies must manage carefully the existing trails

Water rafting is a popular activitiy that depends on streamflow from forest watersheds.

The American public values forests and grasslands for a variety of ecosystem services, including recreation, wildlife habitat, and timber production. Overall, public values have a strong environmental protection orientation

High school students touring the burn scar of the High Park Fire in northern Colorado.

Citizen monitoring and restoration is increasingly viewed as a means to involve local communities in wilderness stewardship

Human communities in the wildland urban interface are threatened by high wildfire hazards in dense western forests.

Social scientists are studying the process of rebuilding after fires in the wildland urban interface

Surprisingly, the number of buildings inside fire perimeters five years after wildfires was greater than the number of buildings before the fires. Most of these buildings were from new construction.
Hunting connects people to nature, helps control wildlife populations, and provides revenue for natural resource management.

Participation in hunting has declined over the past few decades, and the average age of hunters has increased

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