ERIC Number: ED335192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Wild Places, Wildlife, and Eco-Tourism: Outdoor Leadership Demands in the New World.
Ranney, Sally A. G.
This paper discusses wilderness preservation as related to outdoor leadership and explains how eco-tourism can promote preservation. Although historically, the wilderness in the United States was largely destroyed in the name of progress, our cultural heritage evolved from that wilderness. The Wilderness Act was the first legislation in the country that mandated public involvement in decisions affecting the country's land and natural resources. As wilderness areas become more scarce, they becomes more valuable. The growing appetite for an experience of the wilderness is the basis of "eco-tourism". Eco-tourism means touring the natural world, and is closely related to adventure travel, which is the fastest growing segment of the U.S. travel industry. Eco-tourism refers to economic activities generated by nature attractions, natural systems, and wild creatures. These activities will stimulate, for the purpose of sustaining renewable nature travel dollars, protection of resources that might otherwise be developed or destroyed through improper management or short-term exploitative resource development. Skills are needed by the outdoor professional leader in the following areas: (1) administrative, managerial, and inspirational leadership; (2) negotiation; (3) foreign languages; (4) political sensitivity; (4) vision; (5) entrepreneurship; (6) communications; (7) crisis management; (8) business, marketing, and finance; (9) computer literacy; and (10) appreciation for the wilderness. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A