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Sustainable Recreation and Tourism


Sustainable Recreation and Tourism

A group that learns about and practices sustainable development as it relates to public land recreation and tourism

Members: 157
Latest Activity: Dec 21, 2015

Sustainable Tourism example Video from New Zealand 


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Simple Rules

Started by Francisco Valenzuela. Last reply by Francisco Valenzuela Nov 11, 2015. 3 Replies

Sustainable recreation needs to be simple and the principles turned into simple rules that can be used every day.  So to that end we have developed a one page draft of simple rules for sustainable recreation.We would love to get your feedback so we…Continue

This study is a best practice for improving access to healthy green land use for underserved communities

Started by Francisco Valenzuela May 28, 2015. 0 Replies

What if we cared about improving access to healthy green lands for underserved communities?  We would do something like the following.NPS Rim of the Valley Draft Study Best Practice for Expanding Green Access, Health, and Environmental Justice for…Continue

Sustainable Recreation Workshop

Started by Francisco Valenzuela Oct 31, 2014. 0 Replies

We have been having great Sustainable Recreation Workshops across the  Southwestern Region.  Here are some photographs from our last workshop.  Take note of the happy engaged people both partners and Forest Service.Photographs thanks to Tahnee…Continue

Leaders’ Intent: to be more sustainable and change business models in AK

Started by Francisco Valenzuela Mar 10, 2014. 0 Replies

Leaders’ Intent:Recreation, Wilderness and Heritage ProgramManagement in the Alaska RegionIntroductionThe 22 million acres of the Chugach and Tongassnational forests are highly prized for their beauty, wildplaces, pristine landscapes, abundant…Continue

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Comment by Margaret Bailey on February 15, 2013 at 11:23am

Francisco, great article and i think it is an important perspective to share. However, the issues that it raises tend to work in entities which can manage their decision framework.  Within the public sector, while the agency can work to identify the proper decisions , they are then filtered through the public process.  As such, making the difficult decisions to right size and then improve what is key to overall success, is difficult to do.  The message i took away is sustainability can be a net positive, but managing through it in the public space takes significant courage and risk. Thoughts? 

Comment by PJ Wright on October 27, 2012 at 7:12pm

I'm confused, Francisco ... why would the directives to implement the Forest Service mission not protect sustainability?  It should be like falling off a log:

"To sustain the health, productivity and diversity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of current and future generations."

Every directive promulgated by the agency should/must be an expression of how the Forest Service intends to fulfill that mission.

I'm just saying...  ;-)

Comment by Francisco Valenzuela on October 27, 2012 at 6:12pm

Thinking about if the directives or handbooks protect sustianability


Comment by Francisco Valenzuela on January 31, 2012 at 7:40pm

A fun U-tube on systems thinking. Kind of tele tubies and S. Hawkings


Systems thinking

Comment by Francisco Valenzuela on January 30, 2012 at 11:01pm

A Future Worth Choosing

A global perspective on sustainability just released!

Secretary-General, at Launch of Global Sustainability Panel’s Report,

Calls It Valuable Input in Lead-up to ‘ Rio+20’ Conference

Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the launch of the Global Sustainability Panel report, “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing”, in Addis Ababa on 30 January:

I am pleased to be in Addis to receive the report of my High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. It is fitting that we meet in Africa, where the challenges of sustainable development are starkest and the opportunities greatest.

We need to chart a new, more sustainable course for the future, one that strengthens equality and economic growth while protecting our planet. Sustainable development offers our best chance to change course.

Sustainable development is a social, economic and environmental imperative. I call on all sectors of society to join in this effort. We need everyone — Government Ministers and policymakers, business and civil society leaders, and young people — to work together to create a future worth choosing, a future we want.




Comment by Julie Rowe on November 7, 2011 at 2:29pm
Yes, TripTAC is awesome.  They came out to see our area and what our situation was, and gave us great advice on how we might craft our proposal.  We'll see if it gets funded, but even if it doesn't, they are a great resource.
Comment by Julie Rowe on November 7, 2011 at 11:29am

Floyd, thanks for posting the Triptac link!  I recently submitted a proposal to the Paul Sarbanes program, and the City of Sedona is initiating public meetings on their community plan, which includes transit.  This is a hot topic in my universe so this document will surely be helpful!


Comment by Carlos Jaten on November 7, 2011 at 9:33am

Planning AND Design are both equal players to produce an aesthetically successful sustainable product. A "sustainability" product without a pleasing appearance is missing an ingredient for which the "design arts"  have successfully established expectations in society. I think we can all bring examples to mind of last century products from urban, rural, or natural environments, missing or short on "design", that leave the viewer or visitor cold. 

That said, Warren Bacon's (and others) work resulting in the ROS enabled many to recognize the value and appropriateness of applying "design" elements in scale to meet visitor expetations and complement experiences. The recent emphasis on "sustainability" is also appropriate, but not if it displaces/reduces the element or result of design as part of the planning process.  

I am having difficulty seing  a successful result if there is a 'divide' ("Apple/PC") between applying both planning and design elements to any project, including a "sustainability" project. Now to delve into Transdisciplinary...

Comment by Francisco Valenzuela on November 6, 2011 at 12:34pm

Something interesting and positive:

I have been thinking a lot about "Design" in sustainability.

It’s almost like there is design and then there is "Planning". It’s like the Apple and PC divide. Many people are thinking about how design can contribute to sustainability. The future should be beautiful and planning can not seem to do that. It must be practical and work and sometimes design does not do that. However there is a trend to bring it all together under the term "Transdisciplinary" (By the way a good book to read on this is Tackling Wicked Problems , Through the Transdisiplinary Imagination.)

Attached is a paper from Viveka Trunbull Hocking, a women who likes to create (she has a fun website as well.) called "Enabling Design for Sustainable Futures: Design-led research and research-led design".  I think she has some wonderful ideas and represents in my mind the next generation of thinkers in sustainable design in planning.

Sustainable Recreation and Tourism has to be transdisciplinary. Its the big picture we need to work with and we need strong skills in social science and cross disciplinary capabilities. Also we need to have fun while doing it.



Comment by Kristen Nelson on September 12, 2011 at 3:15pm

Here's a must read article from MIT Sloan Management Review "Sustainability: The "Embracers" Seize Adavantage".  

A recent study documents that corporations are either "Embracers" or "Cautious Adopters".  Is FS Recreation an embracer? cautious adopter? sitting on the side lines?  The very basic, first moves towards    sustainablity are improving energy efficiency and waste management.  How can we implement those throughout our recreation program and begin to move towards a more sustainable program? The companies are taking action to improve their bottomline but are also realizing social, health, community and intagible benefits !

Read on...MIT-SMR-BCG-sustainability-the-embracers-seize-advantage-2011.pdf


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