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People’s Outdoor Activities

[photo:] Participants in a focus group about fire issues.

Environmental stewardship, outdoor recreation, and gathering of nontimber forest products (NTFPs) such as mushrooms, fruits, and tree boughs are examples of outdoor activities of people on both public and private lands.  Many of these activities have cultural or other personal connections and may involve individuals, families, or community groups. 

We study people’s diverse outdoor activities in order to understand their motivations and to consider the implications for management and policy decisions in parks, public forests, and other public open spaces. Click on the links below to find about more about our research in each category.

Last Modified: 05/13/2013