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Effects of Drought on Recreation and Wilderness - March 22

Event Date & Time

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 2:00pm
Eastern Time

first page of flyer with agendaThis webinar will explore how researchers, resource managers, and industry professionals are assessing and addressing the impacts of drought on recreation and wilderness opportunities and experiences. The webinar takes place at 2-3:30 pm Eastern Time.

Pre-registration not required. Connection information:

Audio Conference Line: 1-877-369-5243; Access Code: 0353212#
Questions? Contact Lois Ziemann,

Download a pdf with the agenda, speaker profiles, and more information



Moderator - Matt Arnn, (US Forest Service, Chief Landscape Architect)
2:00 – Introduction – Sue Spear, US Forest Service, Director of Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers
2:05 – Assessing Vulnerability to Drought of Recreation in National Forests - Michael Hand, Research Forester, Rocky Mountain Research Station
2:20 – How the Spatial and Temporal Availability of Freshwater Affects Outdoor Recreation in the High Deserts of the Intermountain West, USA - Jordan Smith, Director, Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, Utah State University
2:35 – Recreation Impacts to Forest Service Wilderness Areas: the Effects of Urbanization and Drought (2010-2060) – Rebecca Rasch, US Forest Service, Region 1 Social Scientist
2:45 – Questions and Answers
2:55 – Drought and the Ski Industry – Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor, White River NF; Rick Cables (Vice President for Natural Resources and Conservation – Vail Resorts)
3:05  – Adapting Recreation to a Changing Climate – Nancy Brunswick, US Forest Service, Region 4 Regional Landscape Architect
3:15 – Questions and Answers
3:25 – Concluding Remarks - Joe Meade ( US Forest Service, Director of Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Services)
3:30 – Adjourn


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