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Dominique Gomez – Conservation Conversations: Challenges and solutions to keeping parks and public lands

October 28, 2020

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours 0.5
Post Admin hours 0.5
Activity Hours 1
Participants 1
Total Hours 2

Key Issue: Multiple apply
Activity Type: Trainings (WALTS, CAREs/GLOWs, research, conferences, workshops, etc.)
Key Partners: csusalazarcenter@gmail.com and Dominique Gomez –

Short Description of Activity

Visitation to many national parks reaches record levels every year. Many national forests are struggling to maintain trails and campgrounds under the weight of more intense and diverse use. And long lines at the entrances to popular state parks are not uncommon. Undoubtedly, outdoor recreation is booming. With the population of the American West growing, and becoming increasingly diverse, land managers face a daunting challenge of providing the outdoor recreation opportunities the public demand, while conserving natural environments. This panel discussion provides a prospective for how public land managers are developing and implementing solutions to keeping our parks and public lands from “being loved to death.”

Reflection/Evaluation

It’s an important issue, but I think I was getting kind of burned out with zoom meetings by this time, and may have nodded out a couple of times. Fortunately, I had my video turned off, so no one could see…I’m not actually sure how I ended up on this list…but overuse of trails is certainly an issue for trails in the Sandias and on much of the Cibola NF.

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