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Field Notes
R E C R E A T I O N A N D C O N S E R V A T I O N
way Wilkinson does? Are outdoor
recreation and conservation closeknit
allies working together in harmony?
Or are they something else
altogether? Are they frenemies?
Are they friends at all?
My gut feeling is that if you
asked 10 people from the outdoor
sector about the relationship
between outdoor recreation and
conservation, about eight or nine of
them would say things are healthy,
positive, and generally good. But if
you asked 10 people from the conservation
world the same question,
would the answer be the same?
Rafters find
the sweet spot
on Maine's
Penobscot River.
Are We Even Friends?
Is the outdoor sector drunk on its own wine when it comes to
the actual relationship between recreation and conservation?
By Drew Simmons
THIS SPRING, I READ A SERIES OF ARTICLES THAT LABELED THE ENTIRE IDEA
that outdoor recreation stimulates conservation as a fabrication, a trope, a
convenient delusion. As an outdoor recreation advocate and business owner
in the outdoor sector, one word repeatedly came to mind.
Ouch.
The accusation stung because I've said that recreation is good for conservation.
I've written it. I've believed it. I've also heard writers, retailers, sales
managers, and company presidents say it throughout the outdoor sector.
I even read about how outdoor recreation stimulates conservation in an
advocacy letter supporting President Biden's ambitious 30x30 plan.
The articles that made me say ouch were part of a series by longtime outdoor
writer Todd Wilkinson in Mountain Journal simply titled " Enough. "
The series began with an eyebrow raiser: " Outdoor Recreation Equals
Conservation: Debunking the Myth. " After lambasting a local Montana
glamping project, the article turned its cold gaze to the entire outdoor
recreation sector.
On first read, I didn't take the article as deliberately driving a wedge
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between conservationists and
outdoor recreation advocates. It
felt more like a glass of cold water
to the face. But as the article stuck
with me, I wasn't so sure.
Have I been deluded this entire
time about outdoor recreation and
conservation? Does the entire conservation
community feel the same
In all fairness, a no-compromise,
blanket description of all outdoor
recreation advocates as being
drunk on their own wine when it
comes to the realities of their impacts
and the role of conservation
is simply not true.
In my experience-which includes
more than 20 years in the
outdoor industry as well as the
broader outdoor recreation economy-
there is widespread acknowledgement
and understanding of
the significant impacts of human
activity on wild places and the
importance of conservation.
There's also a high level of comprehension
that the outdoor sector
is uniquely reliant on the presence
of all types of durably protected
lands and waters, ranging from
urban parks and close-to-home
trail systems to remote locales
and blue-sky wilderness areas
that should be left alone-and
that without keeping the " big O "
ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THERE'S AN
EVER-WIDENING GAP BETWEEN THE
IMPACTS OF THOSE WHO USE AND THE
BENEFITS OF THOSE WHO GIVE BACK.
SCOTT MARTIN

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