Title

River Recreation Management in Western States: Results of a Recreation Management Survey

Date of Award

1-28-2007

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

William Robinson

Keywords

boating; rafting; recreation; Recreation -- Management; Recreation areas -- West (U.S.); recreation management; recreation policy; recreation survey; rivers; user fees; whitewater; Wild and scenic rivers -- West (U.S.) -- Recreational use

Abstract

This Capstone represents a qualitative analysis of survey responses concerning river recreation management policies and techniques in the Western United States. Respondents were asked about management topics including permits and fees, monitoring, enforcement, resource management, recreational experience, and current and future demand for whitewater rafting. Responses with consistent results include those for questions concerning permits for commercial uses, justification of fees, and enforcement, while responses with variation in results were received for questions concerning permits for private uses, agency self-sufficiency, monitoring, and use capacity. Most respondents do not expect a significant increased demand for commercial or private boating in the next five years. Respondents that do expect an increase do not see a need for additional commercial outfitters.

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