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Outdoor Recreation in America - 6th Edition

Outdoor Recreation in America - 6th Edition

$114.95 CAD


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    Outdoor Recreation in America is back—fully revised and updated, with significant new material based on current statistics from a number of sources, including the latest U.S. Census Bureau and the latest National Survey on the Environment. Now in its sixth edition, this book continues to lead the way in its comprehensive coverage of issues in this growing field.

    First published in 1970, Outdoor Recreation in America has had a major impact in the classroom and in the field's scholarly and professional literature. Author Clayne R. Jensen is a noted authority and pioneer in the field, and in this latest edition he is joined by Steven P. Guthrie. Dr. Guthrie is a founder and past president of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education and a member of the editorial committee for the Journal of Experiential Education. Together the authors take this classic text into the new century by

    -enabling readers to understand the value and challenges of preserving and properly using existing resources for present and future generations;

    -providing a balanced perspective between the outdoor recreation interests of individuals and the management of natural resources used for recreational purposes; and

    -presenting timely information and discussion questions to challenge students about American outdoor recreation.

    The following are significant additions to this edition:

    -New data and figures

    -Greater emphasis on outdoor recreation leadership

    -Discussions of funding sources for natural resource protection and parks

    -Expanded chapters on wilderness, the national park system, national forests, and education for outdoor recreation and professional development

    -New or greatly revised chapters on concepts and terms, participation, history, the national park system, national forests, other land or water management agencies, state and local involvement, the role of private commercial and nonprofit providers, environmental quality, and concepts and challenges in resource management

    -Attention to information and trends for adventure education, programming, and leadership; outdoor environmental education; and interpretation

    -New student-friendly features including key points and discussion questions at the end of each chapter to help students grasp key concepts and expand their critical thinking on the issues

    -Extensive current references and Web sites that provide additional information and extend the learning for readers

    Part I presents the meaning, concepts, history, benefits, and values of outdoor recreation. It also looks at influences and trends in participation and explores the issues and impact that lifestyle trends have on outdoor recreation. Part II focuses on natural resources, including land, water, and wildlife, and considers concepts of resource management.

    Part III examines the roles of state and federal agencies, including the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, federal land and water management systems, and numerous state agencies. Part IV details the impact of local government and the private and nonprofit sector on outdoor recreation. Part V provides a synthesis of the challenges for the 21st century in the area of resources, planning, environmental issues, and the role of outdoor education.

    Outdoor Recreation in America, Sixth Edition, is an essential introductory text for university courses in outdoor recreation and natural resource management. Written in a friendly style, the book includes more than 180 photos, maps, charts, graphs, diagrams, and tables. It provides both theoretical foundations and practical information so that students can gain an expansive awareness of, and insight into, the impact and role of outdoor recreation from its beginnings in America to the present.


    Undergraduate text or reference for professors and professionals in outdoor recreation and natural resource management. Reference for park and recreation administrators and employees of government and private resource management agencies.


    Part I. The Basis for Outdoor Recreation
    Chapter 1. Outdoor Recreation Meanings and Concepts
    Defining Leisure
    Defining Recreation
    Defining Outdoor Recreation

    Chapter 2. History of Anglo-European Outdoor Recreation
    Ancient History of Outdoor Recreation
    Development of Conservation Attitudes and Land Management in the United States
    Land Preservation Gains Focus: Mid-1800s
    Beginning of Conservation and Management as National Policy: 1890s to Early 1900s
    Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Protection Flourish: 1960 to 1980
    Later 20th Century: The Move to Privatization and Commercialization
    Start of the 21st Century

    Chapter 3. Benefits and Values of Outdoor Recreation
    Benefits of Outdoor Recreation
    Objectives of Outdoor Recreation Professionals

    Chapter 4. Participation in Outdoor Recreation
    Recent Participation Trends
    Assessment of Trend Predictions

    Chapter 5. Lifestyle Trends and Influences
    Population Growth and Demographic Changes
    Demographic Groups and Outdoor Recreation
    Geographic Factors
    Transportation and Motorized Recreation
    Technology and Media Growth

    Part II. Natural Resources
    Chapter 6. Natural Resource Base for Outdoor Recreation
    Land Resources
    Water Resources
    Wildlife and Plant Resources
    Historic and Cultural Resources
    Availability of Outdoor Recreation Lands

    Chapter 7. Wilderness and Wildlands
    Development of Wilderness Protection
    National Wilderness Preservation System
    Wilderness Concept Today
    Wilderness Management

    Chapter 8. Resource Management Concepts
    Conservation, Preservation, and Wise Use
    Use Concepts
    Impact and Use Concepts
    Ecosystem Management

    Part III. Involvement of State and Federal Agencies
    Chapter 9. National Park Service
    Origin and Development
    National Park Service Today
    Recreation Involvement of the National Park Service
    National Parks in Other Countries

    Chapter 10. USDA Forest Service
    Origin and Development
    The USDA Forest Service Today
    The National Forest System
    Recreation Resources, Facilities, and Programs
    USDA Forest Service Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

    Chapter 11. Other Federal Land Management Systems
    Bureau of Land Management
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Other Federal Agencies
    Special Federal Systems
    Miscellaneous Federal Designations

    Chapter 12. Federal Water Resource Management
    Army Corps of Engineers
    Bureau of Reclamation
    Tennessee Valley Authority
    Natural Resources Conservation Service
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Environmental Protection Agency

    Chapter 13. The Roles of State Agencies
    History and Governing Authority
    State Land Management Systems
    Protection, Funding, and Acquisition of Lands for State Use
    Sample State Agency Organizational Systems

    Part IV. Local Governmental and Private Sector Impacts
    Chapter 14. Local Government Participation
    Legal Authorization
    Local Management Structures
    Park Development for Outdoor Recreation

    Chapter 15. Economic Factors in Outdoor Recreation
    Funding for Federal Programs
    Financing for State and Local Programs, Facilities, and Land
    Economic Concepts
    Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation

    Chapter 16. Commercial Recreation, Private Recreation, and Nonprofit Organizations
    Commercial Recreation
    Private Recreation
    Private Nonprofit Organizations

    Part V. Human Interaction with the Environment
    Chapter 17. Resource Management Challenges
    Challenges to Public Land
    Human Issues
    Environmental Resource Issues
    Planning for Ecological Sustainability and Recreation

    Chapter 18. Planning
    Principles of Planning
    Nationwide Planning
    State Planning
    Local and Regional Planning
    Site Planning

    Chapter 19. Education for Outdoor Recreation
    Professional Strands for Outdoor Recreation
    Preparing for a Career
    Preparing Professionals

    Chapter 20. Environmental Quality
    Environmental Degradation and Protection
    Potential Solutions
    Are We Progressing?

    Chapter 21. A Look at the Future
    U.S. and World Trends
    Trends in Outdoor Recreation
    Issues and Needs in Outdoor Recreation Leadership
    Future Leadership Needs

    Appendix A. Nonprofit Organizations Involved With Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resource Protection
    Appendix B. Legislative Acts Affecting Outdoor Recreation
    Appendix C. Federal Financial and Technical Assistance Programs for Outdoor Recreation
    Appendix D. Federal Agencies Involved with Outdoor Recreation
    Appendix E. State Outdoor Recreation Offices

    About the Authors

    Clayne R. Jensen, EdD, is a pioneer in the field of outdoor recreation. He has contributed more than 30 professional journal articles and authored or coauthored 16 college textbooks, including the classic Outdoor Recreation in America.

    Dr. Jensen has more than 25 years' experience teaching physical education and recreation management. He has been associate vice president of Brigham Young University (BYU) and the university's athletic director. From 1973 to 1991 he served as dean of the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, and Athletics at BYU.

    Dr. Jensen has been an active member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). He has long been an avid outdoorsman who partipates in numerous activities and travels extensively to national and international scenic areas.

    Dr. Steve P. Guthrie, PhD, has been teaching and leading in the outdoors for more than 30 years. He is a an assistant professor at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he taught in the Outdoor Recreation/Adventure Education Leadership and Outdoor Recreation Administration programs at Unity College in Maine.

    Dr. Guthrie received his PhD in physical education with emphasis on philosophy, psychology, sociology, and history from the University of Oregon. He is an editorial committee member for the Journal of Experiential Education and a longtime member of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE). Dr. Guthrie is also a founding member and past president of the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) as well as a member of the American Canoe Association, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and the Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA).