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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Current and Future Plans for a State System of Attractive, Sustainable, and Enduring Trails Across the Commonwealth

Categories: Recreation/Travel,Virginia Issues$file/RD363.pdf

Provides a progress report on efforts to improve outdoor recreation opportunities in the state. From the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation


Regulation of Drones

Surveys the rules that apply to the operation of civilian drones in thirteen countries and the European Union including concerns about public safety, privacy, and national security. From the Law Library of Congress


World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Recreation/Travel,United Nations

Provides an overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate change impacts and the potential implications for global tourism.  Offers a series of case studies from various continents.  From the UN Environment Programme and the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.


Drone Registrations by City-State-Zip Code

Categories: Recreation/Travel,Transportation

Lists the number of drone registrations in particular zip code areas.  Does not include the names or street addresses of registered owners.  Those owning drones weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds must register before flying them for recreation purposes.  From the Federal Aviation Administration.


Unmanned Aircraft Operations in Domestic Airspace: U.S. Policy Perspectives and the Regulatory Landscape

Categories: Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Recreation/Travel,Science/Technology,Transportation

Describes the current and projected market for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), applications of UAS in government and industry, safety and security issues, the current regulatory environment, and pending drone-related legislation. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Recreation/Travel,Science/Technology,Transportation

Press release with details about the federal government’s decision to require registration of drones. A task force will develop recommendations for the registration process by 11/20/15. Concerns have been expressed about unmanned aircraft flying higher than permitted and near airports. From the Federal Aviation Administration


Passenger Travel Facts and Figures 2015

Categories: Environment,Recreation/Travel,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Calls itself a snapshot of the characteristics and trends of personal travel in the United States, the network through which passenger travel takes place, and related economic, safety, and environmental aspects of passenger travel. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


The Rising Cost of Wildfire Operations: Effects on the Forest Service’s Non-Fire Work

Categories: Govt Finance,Recreation/Travel,Weather/Disasters

Documents the growth over the past 20 years of the cost of fighting wildfires and the impact those costs are having on the portion of the Forest Service budget devoted to recreation, restoration, and other activities.  From the U.S. Forest Service


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