A Framework for Sustainable Recreation

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‘Renewing Body and Spirit, Inspiring Passion for the Land’

The Forest Service’s Framework for Sustainable Recreation will help shape recreation’s role in promoting forest and grassland health and in advancing and strengthening the vitality of communities that are adjacent to National Forests.

A History of Innovation and Growth > Outdoor recreation evolved in the Forest Service through a deep tradition of providing sustainability based on the enduring concept of “Caring for the Land and Serving People.”

Recreation Challenges Today > Today, the need to stress physical, economic and environmental health is even more critical.

A Framework for Sustainable Recreation > The framework outlines a new way of doing business that is community-minded in focus and collaborative in approach. 

The Forest Service Mission > "To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations."

Our Vision > "Renewing Body and Spirit" is about providing quality outdoor recreation opportunities that promote healthy lifestyles. "Inspiring Passion for the Land" is about understanding and valuing public lands in a way that encourages land stewardship.

Guiding Principles > The Framework outlines six guiding principles that build on the idea that sustainability exists when there is an appropriate intersection of environmental integrity, social benefits and economic vitality.

Our Goals > Four goals are built on a foundation of Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles.

Our Focus Areas > Ten focus areas are identified in the Framework.

Framework Overview Powerpoint

DRAFT Implementation Guide (2011)

Chief Tidwell's Introduction to the Framework for Sustainable Recreation (video)


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