Outdoor recreation results in a variety of social and economic consequences for nearby communities as well as state and national economies. Our outreach services provide data, information, and knowledge that will lead to a better understanding of the trade-offs and consequences associated with providing outdoor recreation opportunities.
Gateway and Natural Amenity Region (GNAR) Initiative
We host the GNAR Initiative, a research, education, and capacity building program to support gateway and natural amenity regions throughout the West.
Mobile Location Analytics
Land managers are increasingly using electronic data as a cost-effective way to determine data about parks and protected areas. As this technology becomes the norm, important questions surface: How accurately does geotagged data reflect visitation? How can this type of information be most effectively used in management? We perform research and analysis to help managers navigate this new strategy.
We help outdoor recreation providers determine which projects or partnerships should be priorities.
We help communities quantify the economic tradeoffs associated with providing outdoor recreation opportunities.
Visitor Use Monitoring and Management
We provide technical assistance services that quantify outdoor recreation use of public and private lands.