Recreational Use of Land in the United States
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Washington, November 1, 1934.
DR. L. C. GRAY, Director,
MY DEAR MR. DIRECTOR:
Your Recreation Division, constituted in the National Park Service, submits this report on the recreational use of land in the United States.
The term "recreational resources" at once signifies both a human need for outdoor recreation, and the existence of tangible natural resources for satisfying those needs.
It is the object here to appraise the outdoor recreational requirements of the people and to determine how natural recreational resources can be best conserved in order to satisfy those requirements. The opening and closing arguments are one; namely, that the national welfare demands of planned land and water use the maximum pro vision for recreation that is consistent with other justifiable uses of these resources.
The method adopted has been to assemble statistical data and scientific opinion available on recreation, by such methods as could be employed within the physical limits of time and facilities allowed for the assignment. By the use of questionnaires, facts and opinions have been secured from Federal, State, and local agencies administering recreation, from private organizations and individuals interested in recreation, and from visitors to recreational areas. While it has not been possible to hold many personal interviews and conferences with individuals and organizations outside the working group, every effort has been made to glean the best thoughts of such persons and organizations by use of the documentary evidences of these thoughts.
The National Park Service wishes to express its appreciation of the opportunity afforded by the National Resources Board to make this study of recreational resources throughout the Nation.
ARNO B. CAMMERER,