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Principles for Advancing Outdoor Recreation and Conservation

Related: Resilience

In June 2015, the Murie Center convened the Conservation and Recreation Summit in Grand Teton National Park, with facilitation support from Meridian Institute. The meeting brought together 15 individuals, including outdoor recreation enthusiasts, conservation advocates, and land managers in roughly equal proportions.
Over the course of two days, the group developed a set of guiding principles—called the Principles for Advancing Outdoor Recreation and Conservation—designed to provide those who love and use the outdoors with a framework with which to advance commonly held goals related to the protection and preservation of our public lands, waters, and wildlife. In the subsequent months, more than 60 people—including executive directors of conservation organizations, CEOs of outdoor industry companies, leaders from outdoor recreation interest groups, and local, regional, and national public land managers—weighed in on the initial draft. Their feedback was carefully considered and is reflected in a revised draft of the Principles.

The Principles were finalized in September 2015 and then released publically in advance of the SHIFT Summit, an annual gathering that focuses on the intersection of outdoor recreation and conservation. To support the Principles, the SHIFT Pledge, a social media campaign that reached more than 600,000 people, was launched at the 2015 SHIFT Summit. The Principles have been widely circulated via the networks of the Conservation and Recreation Summit participants. They have also been shared at conferences, including the National Wilderness Workshop in Missoula, Montana, the Partners in the Outdoors Conference in Keystone, Colorado, and the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals Annual Meeting in Boise, Idaho. The Principles have also been featured in “Can Fun Hogs Save the Planet?” in Adventure Journal and High Country News, and “A New Conservation Model: How Do We Get Outdoor Enthusiasts to Protect the Places They Play?” in Western Confluence.

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