Land and water managers from across the United States and Canada have similar goals: providing high-quality outdoor recreation experiences and protecting natural and cultural resources as visitor use increases and public expectations change. Managing people and places requires a comprehensive approach that considers community vitality, individual and collective connections to the outdoors, and the resilience of natural and cultural resources.
The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) is hosting a hybrid workshop to share local, state and federal perspectives on visitor use management. Managers in the New England region have a long history of working across jurisdictions to plan for and provide outdoor recreation opportunities so the Maine coast is a great place to gather together to hear case studies and discuss best practices and lessons learned for visitor use management. We're also offering a virtual connection option for those who can't travel for the workshop.
Foster connection, learning, networking, and professional development among the outdoor recreation community planning and managing visitor use
- Create shared understanding of visitor use management and discuss implementation issues for federal and non-federal land and water managers
- Identify successes and lessons learned in implementing visitor use management across various jurisdictions (e.g., federal, state, provincial, publicly-access private lands)
- Identify best practices for visitor use management across multiple land management jurisdictions