Americans Outdoors: The Legacy, the Challenge, with Case Studies : the Report of the President's Commission

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Island Press, 1987 - Conservation of natural resources - 426 pages
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An advisory commission was charged by the President of the United States to review public and private outdoor recreation opportunities, policies, and programs and to make recommendations for the future. The body of this publication is the final report of the Commission on Americans Outdoors which was delivered on January 28, 1987. Findings are presented in four major sections. These include: (1) "Americans and the Outdoors" (addressing the problems, benefits, and possibilities for outdoor recreation ); (2) "Americans: the People" (stressing the need for an outdoor ethic and for action and involvement in improving services); (3) "Outdoors: the Resources" (identifying needs, initiatives, and management concerns); and (4) "Making It Work" (highlighting the roles and necessity of partnerships, public policy, community action, strong leadership, and funding strategies). A summary of key issues and recommendations as well as a summary of the proceedings of the National Conference on Recreation and the American City are included as appendices. The full text of 12 selected case studies which describe innovative approaches to solving problems and maximizing opportunities to protect resources and expand recreation opportunities are presented. (ML)
 

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Contents

Letter of Transmittal to the President
1
Americans and the OutdoorsPreamble
9
for Outdoor Recreation?
59
the People
71
About the Outdoors
90
Communities With Local Action
97
the Resources
123
A Living Network of Greenways
142
Summary of Key Issues and Recommendations
269
National Conference on Recreation
290
List of Contributors to the Commissions Work
316
Executive Order Creating the Commission
326
Open Space Preservation in the 31County New York
333
Brooks Regional Plan Association
348
Joan Batory Suzanne Sutro National Park Service
366
Dave Leshuk Wisconsin Conservation Corps
380

All Across America
149
and Thoroughfares
163
Making It Work
187
Outdoors Opportunities
209
James E Horan Washington State Parks Recreation Commission
394
Karen Brown New Mexico Department of Natural Resources
408
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