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Inclusive Recreation

People with and without disabilities enjoy recreating together across the full range of outdoor recreation experiences. This group exchanges ideas and information to increase opportunities for all.

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Latest Activity: Jul 12, 2017

The U.S. Forest Service continues to integrate accessibility to the maximum extent possible while not changing the character and experience of the outdoor setting in order to ensure a wide range opportunities from which visitors can choose to enjoy together.

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Urban camping,

Started by Francisco Valenzuela. Last reply by Matt Arnn Dec 17, 2012. 1 Reply

I came accross this campground in what was almost an urban park and I realized how great it was for those new to camping and very inclusive.…Continue

Accesibilidad en áreas silvestres protegidas de Chile

Started by Angel Lazo Alvarez Jan 5, 2012. 0 Replies

gracias Francisco. Me es grato adjuntar la oferta de accesibilidad para personas con capacidades diferentes que actualmente tenemos en las áreas protegidasContinue

Chile Access Guidlines

Started by Francisco Valenzuela. Last reply by Kathie Snodgrass Nov 8, 2011. 3 Replies

The Country of Chile is making good progress providing accessible recreation in their parks and forests.  I thought it would be good to share this document.  Some of our international visitors may…Continue

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Comment by Janet Zeller on May 4, 2011 at 1:03pm
Hi Dave, It's great to have a conversation goin here!  That is an interesting approach you laid out.  EEC is certainly a key to inclusive recreation.  There is more detail about EEC on the USFS Internal Accessiblity webpage at http:\\  EEC is a great tool for keeping the focus on what really is needed for risk management in a program by everyone.  Keeping in mind that EEC deals with programs and transtion plans deal with facilities, it can't be an either programs or facilities as both are required to comply with the accessiblity legal requirements. As to transtion plans there is also more detail about them on the Internal Accessiblity website.  And the good news is there are now electronic ways, partnering with the YCC, to get accessiblity evaluation done.  When it comes to organization camps, the USFS needs to partner with the permit holder to be sure the EEC is in place and the accessiblity issues are addressed too. Those camps have got to be inclusive in the programs they offer.
Comment by David Hatch on May 3, 2011 at 8:00pm

Hi Janet,

As you know I have been thinking about inclusive recreation for a number of years from your visit to the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF last when we talked to you about "Choice" pilot.  I have since been working with the Organization Camps that are on my Forest and I believe I would like to suggest a radical change in our approach to transition planning.  It is not really a change in how we do things it is a change in the order in which we do them.  In the past we have addressed transition plans by going out and doing intensive inventories of our sites and concluded that in order to transition to a more inclusive site it is going to cost a lot of money and that is where we end saying that when we get the money we will be more inclusive.

Rather than spending a inordenate amount of time inventoring focus on Essential Eligibility Criteria for each program and activity that is offered.  The transition plan is now from existing EECs to desire EECs if the program or activity is not inclusive.  I have more to explain just not the time right now to explain.  It puts a very interesting twist on how we approach inclusiness.


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