The Weekly - June 2, 2020 - 10

FEATURE
Tourists swarm
Grand Canyon
National Park in
the days before
the pandemic.
Can we really
return to this?

Responsible Recreation

"C

an we go outside?
That's a loaded
question," Katie
Boué, founder
of the Outdoor Advocacy Project,
said from her backyard the morning of May 21, just a few hours
after the launch of the national
Recreate Responsibly Coalition,
a project with the goal of setting
guidelines for returning to public
lands as stay-at-home guidelines
relax across the country. Boué's

best answer? "It depends," she
said. "It's a double-edged sword
because it's good to be outside, but
there are still lines and boundaries you can cross so quickly."
Exactly where those boundaries are-where it's OK to recreate, what forms of recreation
are OK to do, which lines are
OK to cross, and when it's OK to
cross them-has been a matter
of debate among the outdoor
community, as well as land

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managers and public officials,
since mid-March. There hasn't
been a central authority delivering clear directives on outdoor
recreation, so guidelines were
issued piecemeal-state by state,
county by county, different rules
and regulations sprouting up
anywhere you looked.
Some states closed national and
regional parks to help curb the
disease and keep employees safe;
others kept parks open with lim-

ited amenities access in order to
provide physical and mental relief
in these trying times. In some areas, outdoor spaces have been free
from humans for months, while
others have seen above-average
activity levels.
Now that the tide is turning and
restrictions on outdoor recreation
are being slowly rolled back across
the nation, the debate continues.
"How do we reopen and encourage
people to get out there?" Boué asks.

A N D R E W KO R N Y L A K

There have been no clear, unified guidelines when it comes to safe outdoor
recreation during the pandemic. With the nation poised to swarm to public
lands, key nonprofits are ready to take the lead. By Emma Athena


https://www.recreateresponsibly.org/

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