Recreation Site Analysis

Recreation Site Analysis (RSA) is a tool being used nationally to provide a consistent and objective process to evaluate how best to provide a quality and sustainable recreation opportunities in the long run.  The RSA helps identify where we should focus investments to respond to visitors’ needs and safety, while living within realities of declining budgets.

Spheres of sustainable recreation analysis Sites are evaluated holistically, measuring their social, ecological, and economic value to the forest and community.

Recreation Site Basics

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What are the goals of the RSA process?

Why are changes needed?

What are the specific objectives of the RSA?

How can management capacity be determined, when budgets cannot be predicted?

How were community perspectives integrated?


RSA Nuts and Bolts

How was a site’s importance to the local community decided?

How was the sustainability of recreation sites evaluated?

What will happen if something breaks or is damaged in a recreation site?

What is the Gifford Pinchot National Forest’s niche, or vision statement?

How was the desirability of a site determined?

Are there outside funding sources that can help the agency manage recreation sites?

How are a site’s significant investment needs determined?

Does the RSA propose ecological, health or safety mitigations for those sites with current problems?


RSA Looking Forward

What standards and guidelines will guide implementation of RSA recommendations?

How long will current funding allocation models remain valid?

Are RSA recommendations for cutbacks and/or downgrades evaluated as to possible repercussions?

Isn’t this just a way to get rid of recreation sites?

Is the Forest Service privatizing recreation venues on public lands?

Are increasing fees or creating new fee sites an option?

Will other recreation services, such as trails maintenance, dispersed recreation, outfitter-guides, wilderness, and special use permits also need to be reviewed?