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
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
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
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.
International Society of Sustainability Professionals
Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue