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Outdoor recreation by Alaskans: projections for 2000 through 2020.Author(s): J. Michael Bowker
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-527. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 22 p
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionOutdoor recreation participation and consumption by Alaska residents are analyzed and projected to 2020. Both the rate of participation and the intensity of participation in nearly all outdoor recreation activities are higher among Alaskans than for residents of other states. Projections based on economic and demographic trends indicate that current patterns are likely to continue, and demand for outdoor recreation among Alaskans will keep pace with projected increases in population. Activities with the highest participation rates per capita are viewing birds and wildlife, scenic driving, off-road driving, biking, and fishing. Participation in outdoor recreation is generally greater for activities that require little skill and are inexpensive, with the possible exception of fishing. The fastest growing outdoor recreation activities in Alaska are “adventure” activities such as backpacking, biking, and tent camping. However, activities such as scenic driving, viewing wildlife, RV camping, and fishing will continue to grow. Thus, the roads and waterways of Alaska will continue to be heavily used for outdoor recreation.
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CitationBowker, J. Michael. 2001. Outdoor recreation by Alaskans: projections for 2000 through 2020. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-527. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 22 p
KeywordsAlaska, recreation, recreation trends, Chugach National Forest
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