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Francisco Valenzuela
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  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
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State of the Hispanic Market Report and Hispanics Live In America

Started Apr 20, 2012 0 Replies

 Two great reference documents.The U.S. Hispanic population is the largest minority segment and is growing at a dramatic rate towards ethnic plurality, which has already occurred in the most populous…Continue

FSM 2300 - Read it!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bjorn Fredrickson Feb 10, 2012. 3 Replies

The new Forest Service recreation Directive 2300, the Zero code was released late last year without much celebration.But it’s a very important document in that it provides the foundation direction…Continue

Hunting Cameras in Forest.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michelle Ahearn Feb 9, 2011. 11 Replies

This is a rapidly emerging issue. The placement of digital cameras in the forest for the purpose of scouting game is rapidly becoming more common. The technology is quickly improving and the costs…Continue

Find a Recreation Job!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Francisco Valenzuela Feb 4. 13 Replies

Posting Recreation Jobs here!A real-time list of all recreation-related job postings on USAJobs.Note to posters: please delete…Continue

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Sustainable Recreation and Tourism

A group that learns about and practices sustainable development as it relates to public land recreation and tourism
Mar 4
Francisco Valenzuela replied to Francisco Valenzuela's discussion Find a Recreation Job!
"FYI – great opportunities on the Carson National Forest!   From: Simms, Amy E -FS Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2018 9:02 AM Subject: Outfitter/Guide Center of Excellence and Winter Sports Coordinator Positions on the Carson NF on USA…"
Feb 4
Francisco Valenzuela replied to Francisco Valenzuela's discussion Find a Recreation Job!
"Hello All,  The Coronado National Forest is currently outreaching for a detailer to fill a Partnership Coordinator - GS-0301-11/12.  The duty location is the Coronado National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Tucson, Arizona. Please see…"
Feb 4

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Francisco Valenzuela

Francisco Valenzuela is the South Western Region’s Director of Sustainable Recreation, Tourism, Heritage and Wilderness Programs. He is responsible for leadership and oversight for recreation, tourism, heritage and Wilderness on over 22 million acres of the United States: Forests, Grasslands and National Monuments.
Francisco has an extensive background of experience in recreation with over 30 years of experience in recreation management and planning starting with the Youth Conservation Corp as an enrollee with the state of Colorado while in high school.

Francisco has been the Forest Service recreation planner and dispersed recreation manager for the Rocky Mountain Region and the Eastern Region of the Forest Service regional recreation planner and developed recreation program leader. He has lead major recreation planning efforts in the tropical rain forest of Puerto Rico, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Francisco has also worked for Colorado State Parks as a ranger and for Vancouver County in Washington State as a county open space and recreation planner. He was the National developed recreation program leader and worked on the National Recreation Strategy and the Recovery Act and well as working with IBSC in infrastructure and data management. .

He has consulted and provided training across the United States, and in Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Honduras, and Jordan. Francisco has several published professional papers in recreation management and has appeared in Public Television programs as a guest host on recreation issues.

His professional interests include the development of social norms, collaboration, environmental justice, environmental education and interpretation, trail design, game theory and sustainable recreation. Francisco received a Bachelor of Science in recreation management from Colorado State University with additional graduate level courses in recreation, land reclamation and photography. Francisco enjoys all forms of outdoor recreation, particularly technical climbing, and is a passionate photographer and father.


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"You know this recreation carrying capacity thing is true, .............

Posted on September 8, 2017 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Dear Recreation Planners:

I have been thinking a lot about recreation carrying capacity,  Recently I was on a conference call were they used as an example a place where the recreation…


Operationalizing Sustainable Recreation across the National Forest System

Posted on August 24, 2017 at 2:40pm 0 Comments


Operationalizing Sustainable Recreation across the National Forest System: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Six Regional Strategies

Steven W. Selin

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Sustainability, as an institutional and professional  goal has gained momentum in the parks and recreation field over the past two  decades. The…


Wildness: Relations of People and Place

Posted on August 4, 2017 at 1:00pm 0 Comments


I have never been comfortable about how we as an agency  or society conceptualize Wilderness.  Our management must follow the Law, that is the Wilderness Act but Wildness and nature are seen as something separate which feels, to me, alienating. 

Growing up I would visit the remote and wild Sierra Madres and live there with…


Park Quotes From Writers And Celebrities To Commemorate National Park and Recreation Month

Posted on July 17, 2017 at 2:54pm 0 Comments

Park Quotes From Writers And Celebrities To Commemorate National Park and Recreation Month

Posted by: Robert Caston July 7, 2017 in Parks and Recreation

park and recreation month

July is National Park and Recreation Month and a time to get outdoors and appreciate your national, state and local parks and the effort that goes into providing these open, green spaces for all to enjoy.

July is the time to get out of the house, replace your desk…


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At 1:58pm on September 13, 2013, Jessica Dunn said…

How would nature...?  A website that gives you the biological solution for your inquiry!  Pretty cool stuff.

At 12:08pm on April 25, 2013, Nancy Zapotocki said…

Thanks for the warm welcome : ) Spring has sprung - BIG time in the east, so the cross-country skis are being put away till next year. Our snow dogs aren't quite ready!! Off to Spring-time wildflower watching, bird migrations and hiking. I'm looking forward to connecting on RecLink. Looks like a great site! Nancy

At 9:05am on February 22, 2013, Martha Twarkins said…

Thanks Francisco!!

At 6:40pm on February 21, 2013, Ramiro Villalvazo said…

Gracias Francisco!

At 6:14pm on November 14, 2012, Ronald Schubert said…

sorry i missed your call please contact me again tomorrow and if possible early in the morning.  Sorry for the trouble and looking forward to hereing from you

At 3:06pm on August 27, 2012, Gina Griffith said…

Thanks for the welcome to the international public use group.  I'm working (very slowly!) on a doctorate concerning international public use of a world heritage site.  But also, I'm part of the R5 Next Gen group and the topic were working on currently is USFS Identity Globally and Locally.  So I thought I'd take a look at what your group is working on to bring some ideas to the Next Gen group.  I'll post what we come up with too - maybe folks on your group can give some comments...

At 4:30pm on July 18, 2012, Emily B. Rudin said…

Thank you for your welcome message, Francisco. This is a wonderful website with great resources. I'm happy to be involved, and will spread the word too.

At 3:30pm on February 24, 2012, JUSTIN TROSPER said…

Thanks, glad to be here!

At 1:03pm on February 15, 2012, Tamara Wilton said…

Hi Francisco, Thanks for the reminder - Just invited three new members.  I will try to be on more myself.  Great site!

At 7:07pm on February 10, 2012, Ted Lee Eubanks said…

Thanks, Francisco. My friend John Kohl alerted to the list. Looks like a great list to follow.


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