Wilderness and other public land management agencies, both federal and state, have been feeling a pinch. It seems this pinch may partly be in response to a growing perception, or perhaps misperception,that nature-based, especially wildland recreation, is on the decline. This perception has been getting a lot of media attention of late. Some of us who have done research about nature-based recreation trends for years wonder what the reaction to such a perception might be.
Cordell, H. Ken; Betz, Carter, J.; Green, Gary T. 2008. Nature-based outdoor recreation trends and wilderness. International Journal of Wilderness, August 2008, Volume 14, Number 2, Page 7-13