Position Statements

Recreation and Managed Forestlands


To acknowledge the important relationship between actively managed forestlands and recreation.


Actively managed forestlands and all types of recreational activities on those lands.


Forests provide a setting for many recreation-based social, economic, and environmental benefits in the United States. The Society of American Foresters (SAF) recognizes recreation as an important use that should be considered integral to forest management decisions. SAF supports programs and policies that educate and support land users and managers in balancing the costs and benefits of recreation on actively managed forests. Often this can be done through collaboration with recreational user groups, ensuring their interests are considered in forest objectives and management strategies. 

Approved: February 2021

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