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Outdoor Recreation

Provide quality outdoor recreation experiences for current and future generations

Hiker looking at her cell phone and a map of recreation areas

Take a geospatial approach to outdoor recreation

Providing outdoor recreation on public lands delivers a valuable public service to communities and supports local economies. Land managers can use GIS to communicate recreation opportunities, interpret resources, and engage with the public through community science initiatives. Location-based situational awareness helps staff keep recreational assets well-maintained and safe, and real-time updates support quick responses to changes in their status. With GIS, leaders can measure and visualize the economic impact of outdoor recreation and communicate these benefits to stakeholders.

Advance outdoor recreation with location technology

Protect natural and cultural resources

Staff can use GIS to catalog and track natural and cultural resources and ensure their protection before, during, and after recreational development and maintenance.

SC Natural Heritage Species Reviewer

Support licensing, education, and outreach

GIS helps land managers understand licensing trends, target educational activities, and conduct outreach on priority initiatives.

Recreational License Dashboard

Improve asset management

With GIS, outdoor recreation managers can prioritize and plan capital projects, track their progress, and promote staff and visitor safety in parks and outdoor spaces.

CAMP Inventory Dashboard

Assess economic impact

Outdoor recreation is an important economic driver for communities. With GIS, staff can conduct economic impact analysis and visualize this across space and time. Location-based insights show who benefits and how agencies can optimize investments in outdoor recreation across a region.

Park Insights Viewer: Revenue, Visitation, Construction Data


GIS Boosts R3 Initiative in Recreation Office

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection used GIS to help increase participation in its youth fishing program.

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