From timber to trails: forest management and recreation in the Pacific Northwest

Authors: Jennifer Lipton*, Central Washington University, David Cordner, Central Washington University
Topics: Environmental Perception, Mountain Environments, Biogeography
Keywords: Forests, recreation, GIS, Spatial Mapping
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Western mountain landscapes once valued for timber are a destination recreation site for hikers, mountain bikers, motorized vehicle users, horseback riders, mushroom collectors, fisherman, hunters, and more. An increase in recreational demands on timber lands, that have transitioned to public lands, have led to a need for natural resource managers to devise new strategies for management. Natural resource agencies and non-governmental organizations are collaboratively working to provide long term management and sustainable recreation opportunities across a landscape scale. While the approach of collaborative landscape management is not new, the focus on facilitiating resilient landscapes with recreation connections is a dimension that is being adapted from previous conservation corridor strategies. This research is demonstrating the use of new technologies, in-person surveys, and online/tablet mapping applications and how they are being used by land managers to get input from different stakeholder groups to improve both environmental conditions and user-experiences. The wide array of methodolgies that draw upon in-person mapping surveys, online mapping surveys, and open source data are combined to identify the variety of recreational land-uses that are used to guide new collaborative management plans.

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