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The activities of outdoor recreationists and tourists result in a variety of social and economic consequences for nearby communities and state and national economies. One primary mission of the Institute 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.
This project provides data and information to the Utah State Office of the Bureau of Land Management and helps the agency prepare for climate-altered shifts in the demand for river-based recreation within the North Fork of the Virgin River Wilderness Study Area.
To help ensure the Forest Service can provide high-quality outdoor recreation opportunities to the public, the Institute has provided data, technical assistance, and expertise to the agency. Since 2007, the Institute has conducted four separate year-long studies on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.