Paul Sanford is the National Director of Recreation Policy at The Wilderness Society. Paul manages the Society’s work on recreation policy issues, and its programs to connect more people, particularly youth and underserved communities, to the outdoors.
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.