The current issue of Western Confluence is exploring ideas for how communities in the West can enhance their quality of life, economic opportunity, and environmental integrity by developing sustainable outdoor recreation and tourism. Stories will be released online through 2023 and in print January 2024.

Questions include:

  • How does burgeoning outdoor recreation and tourism change life in western towns? What are the environmental, social, and economic benefits—and impacts—of developing outdoor recreation and tourism, and how might communities balance those?
  • What innovative and successful approaches, policies, and strategies can help communities build robust outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities while avoiding some of the problems that may come with booming tourism?
  • What are examples of communities that have developed new recreation and tourism opportunities, while holding onto valued qualities and character amidst change?

Thank you to the WORTH Initiative for sponsoring this issue.


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