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The Outdoor Recreation Economy

The Outdoor Recreation Economy

Outdoor recreation is an important contributor to the U.S. economy. In this article, you will learn the size of that contribution.

A 1491 World Map

A 1491 World Map

A map created German cartographer Henricus Martellus (aka Heinrich Hammer) in 1491 depicts the world as known to Europeans at that time. Recent studies reveal more details than ever seen before.

Trends in Outdoor Recreation

Trends in Outdoor Recreation

I recently responded to this question on Quora: Is the number of outdoorsmen (fishermen, backpackers, climbers, hunters, rafters etc.) going up or down? I answered: In the U.S.A., some activities are seeing more participants and others are seeing fewer, however, the overall trend has been upward. That is projected to continue. The short answer = […]

Park and Recreation Month

Park and Recreation Month

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across the country. This […]

The Importance of Trees

The Importance of Trees

  Someone posed this question on Quora: What is the importance of trees in a forest? I answered the question this way: While you wouldn’t have a forest without trees, I suspect the question is more about the role of trees in the forested ecosystem. It’s a complicated ecosystem, so let me offer a few […]

The Sounds of Nature

The Sounds of Nature

While much of nature operates in silence, the wilderness exudes a multitude of sounds from the sweet songs of endless species of birds, to the coyote’s wail, the elk’s bugle, the wind through the canopy of trees, the tumultuous crashing of a waterfall, the crack of thunder as lightning splits the sky . . .   These […]

A Guide to Your State Parks

A Guide to Your State Parks

There are a lot of state parks in the U.S. and every one of them offers some great excuses to get out and explore.  If you are new to an area it can sometimes be difficult to find nearby state parks and what they offer.  If your goal is to explore the U.S. the many […]

Fitness Friendly Cities

Fitness Friendly Cities

While many of the articles in the eMagazine discuss places that are far removed from the big city,  where you live can also have  a big impact on the availability of recreational opportunities, on your access to them and on your health.  Last July we discussed a study that ranked cites for their recreation opportunities in a […]

Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2016

Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2016

The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) has taken a look at the current and projected state of outdoor recreation in the U.S. through 2016.  Their focus is primarily on the industries and companies that support recreationists.  They conclude that these industries have seen significant gains this year and they anticipate more gains next year. Economic Impact […]

Natural Amenities Score for Your County

Natural Amenities Score for Your County

Back in 1999 the U.S. Department of Agriculture  published Natural Amenities Drive Rural Population Change by David A. McGranahan of the Food and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service. His thesis is that where natural resources like timber, coal, farmland and the like were once the main attraction for people, more recently aesthetic attributes have been attracting people to different […]

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