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Jordan W. Smith


Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism

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Because Utah's outdoor recreation destinations are managed by several different federal and state agencies, there is no comprehensive and consistent information on the amount and types of outdoor recreation resources available within the state. Additionally, there has been no research to date on how state programs whose revenues are dependent on outdoor recreation activity, are likely to fare in the coming years. This report begins to address these limitations by: 1) compiling and synthesizing data that characterize the amount and location of outdoor recreation resources throughout the state; and 2) presenting the results of a suite of econometric forecasting models that forecast visitation for outdoor recreation destinations and revenues for state programs that depend on outdoor recreation. The report is intended to provide outdoor recreation managers, state bureaucrats and staff, and other interested stakeholders with a better understanding of the likely future demand for outdoor recreation and outdoor recreation-dependent programs across Utah.