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Chapter 2: Agency capacity for effective outdoor recreation and tourism management

Author(s):

Steven Selin
Noelle Meier
James R. Barborak
Stephen F. McCool

Year:

2020

Publication type:

General Technical Report (GTR)

Primary Station(s):

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Source:

In: Selin, Steven; Cerveny, Lee K.; Blahna, Dale J.; Miller, Anna B., eds. 2020. Igniting research for outdoor recreation: linking science, policy, and action. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-987. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 257 p.

Description

This chapter explores concepts in agency capacity and discusses how changes in an organization’s capacity to plan and manage outdoor recreation can shape or limit its ability to provide quality outdoor recreation experiences. We use a case study from the U.S. Forest Service to convey how shifts in financial, human, information, and material resources can challenge an agency’s ability to achieve its mission. We present recent models of agency capacity and its effect on organizational performance and explore notions of adaptive capacity and capacity-building to present ideas about how agencies can quickly reallocate resources and strategically focus on initiatives with high impact and maximum efficiency, while also promoting equity in access as well as economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

Citation

Cerveny, Lee K.; Selin, Steven; Blahna, Dale J.; Meier, Noelle; Barborak, James R.; McCool, Stephen F. 2020. Chapter 2: Agency capacity for effective outdoor recreation and tourism management. In: Selin, Steven; Cerveny, Lee K.; Blahna, Dale J.; Miller, Anna B., eds. 2020. Igniting research for outdoor recreation: linking science, policy, and action. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-987. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 23-40.

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