Posts tagged: outdoor recreation
WATER SPORTS — With 3.7 million college students getting ready for a well-earned spring break, history tells us some of them will get hurt or killed, especially around water.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offer these Top 10 tips to help you avoid being a statistic on a lake, stream or ocean.
OUTDOOR REC — If you enjoy the outdoors, you owe it to yourselff to participate in the online Washington State Outdoor Recreation Survey.
In addition to the survey, which can help channel planning and funding in the future, the site is asking the publicv to post their stories and photos showing how outdoor recreation impacts you and your family. The information will be used in the final report.
The state’s outdoor recreation strategic plan, called the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), needs to be updated every 5 years to maintain the state's ability to receive federal funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The funding is used for grants to local communities to build parks and trails, and conserve wildlife habitat.
CONSERVATION — The myth that “conservation lands” are locked up and useless to the public is debunked in dollars and sense by a new economic study that documents how conservation, recreation and preservation lands support 9.4 million jobs and generate $1 trillion a year to the U.S. economy.
The study was funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Let's hope that rational minds pore over details of these findings before succumbing to North Dakota's knee-jerk reaction to legislatively prohibit any “net gain” of protected lands.
This information needs to be considered by Congressmen attempting to water down laws protecting roadless and wilderness portions of public lands.
Read on for more details and comments from former public lands officials, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation and others.
PUBLIC LANDS – A new study shows recreation and the industry that supports outdoors activities is outpacing traditional uses such as grazing and mining on land managed by the Bureau of Land management in Idaho.
The results are from a study on the U.S. Department of Interior’s economic effects in Idaho. The state has ample public land, including nearly 12 million acres managed by BLM.
The report finds that recreation accounts for six times more jobs than grazing and timber industries, and three times more than energy and minerals.
BLM Deputy State Director Jeff Foss says ranchers still drive many rural economies. But he says from a statewide perspective recreation is tops.
The Idaho Statesman reports the BLM spends about $81 million annually to manage grazing and timber land, compared to $68 million on recreation management.
OUTDOOR SKILLS– Whether you’re a church group leader or a solo adventurer, you can benefit from short summer outdoor courses in skills such as rafting and kayaking offered by Eastern Washington University.
Veteran outdoor recreation professor Paul Green is offering two special courses:
Outdoor Leadership, July 30-31: Covers trip planning, leadership techniques, judgment and decision-making. Students practice skills, such as GPS and searching for missing members during a field trip.
Legal aspects of outdoor leadership also are covered. “The session on 'How to prevent a lawsuit' and the outdoor leader’s four main defenses to a lawsuit are very important elements of this class,” Green said.
Primitive Survival, Aug. 6-7: Classroom and in-field instruction in practical survival techniques for navigation, shelters, fires and much more.
“A lot of survival is making the right decisions and holding it together,” Green said. “We work on that as much as the skills, like making a water filter from sand and make a fire with a knife and a rock, not a flint, a rock.”
Register by July 6: Call EWU Summer Session, 359-4222 or register online.
WILDLIFE — On April 1, U.S. Census Bureau employees will begin the first wave of data collection for the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation from about 53,000 households across the country.
Conducted every five years by the Census Bureau, the survey is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This is the source of statistics we often read about wildlife recreation trends and numbers of hunters, anglers and birdwatchers in the United States.
“Participation in this survey is important because the results help us better manage our natural resources and to understand the demands being put on our wildlife and their habitat,” said Robert Groves, director of the Census Bureau. “This is one of the many surveys conducted by the Census Bureau for other federal agencies.”
The latest data from the survey show that in 2006, more than 87 million Americans 16 and older enjoyed some form of wildlife-related recreation and spent $122 billion in pursuit of these activities.
Read on for more details.