Education, Public Access, and Outdoor Recreation

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This report represents the completion of a research project for the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station on developing an understanding of and framework for educational, public access, and recreation programs that affect public appreciation, awareness, and support for the Department of Defense (DoD) Legacy Resource Management Program. Although DoD is making progress on many environmental issues, increasing public education, access, and use of its programs poses a dubious challenge. With few noted exceptions, Federal laws generally appear sufficient to enable DoD to meet Legacy public access goals. Public access through bordering private properties could result in legal problems. This problem should be addressed prior to increases in public access. A natural resources user safety policy board should be established to develop policies and plans for preventing natural resources user accidents. Use of off- road recreation vehicles (ORRV) is not getting much support at any level of DoD or the Armed Services. Sources of information are identified for establishing effective ORRV programs. DoD policy for determining public access through impartial means is not being uniformly uniformly applied. Existing DoD policy should be enforced. Legacy goals of establishing educational/awareness programs and increasing public access to military installations may be in conflict with General Accounting Office emphasis on retention of areas and facilities mainly as required to support military missions. Access, Natural resources management, Cultural resources management, Recreation. Department of Defense,

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