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Wildness: Relations of People and Place

Wildness

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…

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Added by Francisco Valenzuela on August 4, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

4 Things you can do to give Your Customers a Great First Impression

The first impression is important for increasing the clientele. If the first point of contact a customer has with the organization is good and satisfying then they are more likely to come back. If you manage to satisfy the customers on their first encounter with the…

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Added by Emma Miah on August 4, 2017 at 8:47am — No Comments

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

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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Added by Francisco Valenzuela on July 17, 2017 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Portland Parks and Recreation - Racial Equity Plan

Portland Parks and Recreation - Racial Equity Plan

For those who are serious about this issue or want to be.

Portland Parks & Recreation aspires to be a  national leader in providing inclusive and equitable

parks, natural areas, programs, public facilities  and an urban forest that welcome all Portlanders.

We desire to be a place that invites all our diverse  communities into the facilities we steward, into our

ranks as park employees…

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Added by Francisco Valenzuela on July 15, 2017 at 4:28pm — No Comments

The Future has other Plans, Planning Holistically to Conserve Natural and Cultural Heritage.

The Future has other Plans, Planning Holistically to Conserve Natural and Cultural Heritage.

Jonathan M. Kohl and Stephen F. McCool

2016 Fulcrum Publishing



The authors of a book matter; and these authors matter, including Dr. Sam Ham the applied communication series editor. I have met and am an admirer of these consummate professionals and academics. Mr. Kohl comes from the perspective of a professional practitioner who has been fighting battles trying to make…

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Added by Francisco Valenzuela on July 10, 2017 at 6:18pm — No Comments

The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations

Environmental institutions have been working on diversity efforts for the better part of five decades. This report discusses the findings of a study of three types of environmental institutions: 191 conservation and preservation organizations, 74 government environmental agencies, and 28 environmental grant making foundations. It also reports the findings of interviews conducted with 21 environmental professionals who were asked to reflect on the state of diversity in environmental…

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Added by Francisco Valenzuela on July 3, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

How to be a Better and Positive Person in Your Life

Numerous specialists prescribe taking ten to fifteen minutes day by day to enhance yourself or your life. This could think of any shape. In any case, here are ten recommendations that you may discover accommodating, or may, in any event, help you in brainstorming your own.

We have assembled a portion of the best tips which may be useful in your self-improvement travel. Some of them are straightforward strides which you can take part in instantly. Some…

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Added by Emma Miah on June 10, 2017 at 3:51am — No Comments

Developing an operational model of sustainable recreation,Forest Service southwestern region

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.

Abstract

Developing an operational model of sustainable recreation: A qualitative study of USDA Forest Service southwestern region national forests

Forests

JEREMY A. GOLSTON

This thesis describes a qualitative investigation of the implementation of the Southwestern Strategy for Sustainable Recreation.…

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Added by Francisco Valenzuela on June 3, 2017 at 11:32am — No Comments

Goethe in Love

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…

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Added by Francisco Valenzuela on April 10, 2017 at 9:22am — No Comments

Creating a New Trails System Around Mount St. Helens

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…

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Added by Francisco Valenzuela on March 19, 2017 at 6:46pm — No Comments

GAO: National Park Service Needs to Evaluate Its Approach to Tackling Deferred Maintenance

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GAO: National Park Service Needs to Evaluate Its Approach to Tackling Deferred Maintenance

Courtesy of the National Parks Traveler

By Kurt Repanshek



As a single figure, the…

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Added by Francisco Valenzuela on January 19, 2017 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Presidential Memorandum -- Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Our National Parks, National Forests, and Other Public Lands and Waters

2017diversity.mem.rel.pdf

A few days ago this Presidential Memorandum came out directing the executive agencies to take actions to promote Diversity and Inclusion in Our National Forests both in our workforce and in our visitors. This aligns very well with our goals in Sustainable…

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Added by Francisco Valenzuela on January 18, 2017 at 3:19pm — No Comments

How Forests Heal People

A short video that just watching has a calming effect. 

Its more important than ever that we staying contact with that energy that supports our efforts to protect public lands and share with everyone their benefits.

 

https://vimeo.com/187181616

Added by Francisco Valenzuela on November 22, 2016 at 10:45am — 1 Comment

Creating a Relevant and Inclusive Future -- 2017 National Outdoor Recreation Conference

2017 National Outdoor Recreation Conference

This conference is addressing the most important issue in outdoor recreation management today.  Making outdoor recreation an important vital part of every community's quality of life and to make it possible that the full diversity of the American people feel that they belong in the out-of-doors and see themselves as engaged…

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Added by Francisco Valenzuela on October 23, 2016 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Special artists create Forest Service mural

Engaging with people of many different abilities can create works of art.

Check out the video and publication link for great pictures.

Special artists create Forest Service mural

• Albuquerque Journal

• 13 Aug 2016

• Joline Gutierrez Krueger



 COURTESY OF VSA ARTS AND U.S. FOREST SERVICE

Rudy Via, 30, is an avid outdoorsman and…

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Added by Francisco Valenzuela on August 15, 2016 at 4:24pm — No Comments

ROS … 35 YEARS LATER

ROS … 35 YEARS LATER

 

Some Personal Background

As a student at Colorado State I was taught by the people who developed ROS, such as Dr. Perry Brown.  After college I went to work for the PNW Region, where I worked closely with Warren Bacon, who literally “wrote the…

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Added by Francisco Valenzuela on March 10, 2016 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Sustainable horse back riding

Hi, thought I'd share a few of the ways that myself & my fellow conservation minded equestrian help to be part of the solution! Top down, we engage with the land managers (mainly Nat Forest & Parks but also state Forests & Parks). I am serving on the Nantahala Pisgah Forest Partners, which is a group of stakeholders collaborating to recommend ways to improve the new Forest Plan, N/P being an "early adapter" we're under the 2012 mandate of citizen involvement, which has been very…

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Added by Deirdre Lightsey on October 18, 2015 at 10:18am — No Comments

Be the Next Trekker

I had the opportunity to work with Google, the City of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe National Forest and collect street view trail information to be posted on Google maps for free to the public. That is the device on my back which takes 360 degree…

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Added by Francisco Valenzuela on October 5, 2015 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Developing a Collaborative culture in public land management agencies requires: YES AND

Improv wisdom can help us be much better managers and work more productively with others.

Below is some wisdom from Tina Fay from Improve practice. So often we who are well trained to find fault in everything cannot get beyond ‘NO’ or ‘BUT’ which kills collaboration. It’s a lot more fun to say YES which almost always is the answer to the question ‘HOW’. To be creative and find solutions to complex problems we need to create new stories together.…

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Added by Francisco Valenzuela on September 30, 2015 at 8:20pm — No Comments

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