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The Institute’s mission is to provide data, information, and knowledge that will lead to a better understanding of the trade-offs and consequences associated with providing outdoor recreation opportunities. Our goal is to provide resource management personnel, elected officials, private industries, and the general public with a better understanding of the social and economic trade-offs faced by communities who manage outdoor recreation resources and tourism destinations.
The Institute’s academic program offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Recreation Resource Management. We also contribute to both the Environment and Society and Ecology doctoral programs offered within the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University.