A new interpretation of forest recreation management.

  • P. McCusker Amenity Section, Forest and Wildlife Service, Sidmonton Place, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
Keywords: Forest management, forest recreation, forest policy, forest use, economics, amenities, environment, tourism landscape.


We now have 1% million visitors coming to our forests each year. This figure speaks for the success of amenity developments to date. What we have produced has served us well over the past 16 years. However, I believe that we have now reached a plateau. Before embarking on the next phase of development we need to reflect on, and more clearly define, the nature and the possibilities of the job of recreation. Irish forest recreation has developed with little written policy backing and with even less philosophical debate on the need for, and the direction that such development should take place. The arguments for a written policy have been presented elsewhere and need no further mention here (Kennedy and McCusker 1983). However, the reasoning behind the need for such development should be looked at. We need to crystalise our ideas on why we are in the game of forest recreation.
How to Cite
McCusker, P. (1984) “A new interpretation of forest recreation management.”, Irish Forestry. Available at: https://journal.societyofirishforesters.ie/index.php/forestry/article/view/9552 (Accessed: 21July2024).