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ERIC Number: ED404081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Land Access, Protection and Permits.
Munsell, Steve
This paper summarizes a panel discussion that included 25 students and outdoor education and recreation professionals on issues related to land use and outdoor education and recreation programs. Many participants expressed frustration over inconsistent management policies related to educational and recreational use of public lands. Participants reported that there is no predictable manner in which agencies interpret land use by colleges and nonprofit groups. The panel also pointed out that organizing a collective voice for advocating land use among educational users would be difficult due to the diversity of outdoor education programs. For example, there are college degree programs, noncredit college courses, and college sponsored adventure clubs, all of which use public lands. Another problem area is reaching agreement for defining outdoor education for land permit purposes. For example, land permits for Forestry Service lands are issued by forest rangers based on district requirements, which may vary widely among districts. The panel also addressed problems associated with increased use of public lands and additional demands placed on natural resources. Recommendations included promoting outdoor education as the best source for teaching minimum impact camping techniques, examining the economic benefits of outdoor recreation programs, and demonstrating commitment to land stewardship by incorporating service projects in outdoor education programs. A follow-up meeting of panel participants stressed the need to define the role and purpose of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) in promoting public land use by outdoor programs and considered land management as a potential critical focus of future AORE conferences. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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