Does a shift in multiple use toward preservation and recreation mean lower economic potential for rural communities? Not at all, say several recent economic reports. In fact, preserving the natural values of wildlands and sustainable recreation brings big benefits to local economies.
Every time you escape into wilderness, you will likely spend money on outdoor goods and services. If you're not dropping bucks on things like gear and equipment, there's a good chance you're spending money at local businesses, outfitters or lodging near outdoor recreation areas.
Trails serve the recreation needs of about 50 million1 hikers, cross-country skiers, horseback riders, off-road vehicles, bicyclists, and other recreationists on National Forests every year. Currently only 21% of Forest Service trails are maintained to standard.
Recreation is one of The Wilderness Society’s special initiatives. We envision a broad and diverse community of people and organizations working to promote widespread and sustainable enjoyment of America’s public lands. Our Principles for Sustainable Recreation guide our work: