The Future of Outdoor Recreation in the South

Southern Research Station 4952 social scientist Michael Bowker looked at the future of outdoor recreation in the south in the recently published Southern Forest Futures Project Technical Report. The research report covers the 13 southern states and examines possible futures and how they might shape southern forests.


Bowker’s research focused on projecting natural resource-based outdoor recreation out to the year 2060. The study finds that outdoor recreation of southern adults is projected to increase by 2060, with hiking to increase the most by as much as 113 percent.

For a complete list of the key findings of this report, visit:

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