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
Here is a great study worth ready and an excellent perspective on sustainable recreation as a model for building capacity.
Attached are the full files.
Developing an operational model of sustainable recreation: A qualitative study of USDA Forest Service southwestern region national forests
JEREMY A. GOLSTON
This thesis describes a qualitative investigation of the implementation of the Southwestern Strategy for Sustainable Recreation.…
1783 | Weimar
Goethe in Love
Nature! We are surrounded and embraced by her: powerless to separate ourselves from her, and powerless to penetrate beyond her.
Without asking or warning, she snatches us up into her circling dance, and whirls us on until we are tired and drop from her arms.
She is ever shaping new forms: what is, has never yet been; what has been, comes not again. Everything is new, and yet nought but the…Continue
Here is an article that is going to be in Washington Trail Association magazine.
This is about work we did as a team about 30 years ago. With some thoughts that are recent related to sustainable recreation. I still think these ideas are still the right ideas behind trails and trail systems. While there is science in recreation planning, what is more important is the liberal arts. There is no such thing as a sustainable trail, there are durable ones but there is such a thing as a…Continue