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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Govt Finance,Recreation/Travel

http://www.fs.fed.us/sites/default/files/media/2014/34/nr-firecostimpact-082014.pdf

Asserts that the increased expense of fighting forest fires has resulted in less money for non-fire activities.  This report details the long-term shift of agency resources into the fire program and away from other important forest management, restoration, and recreation activities.  From the Forest Service

 

American Time Use Survey: 2013 Results

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Children,Labor/Employment,Literacy/Reading,Recreation/Travel,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/atus_06182014.pdf

On an average day in 2013, employed adults in households without children under age 18 engaged in leisure activities for 4.5 hours per day.  Those with children under 18 had less leisure time.  Annual survey covers daily time spent working, doing household activities, and pursuing sports or other leisure activities.  Also covers time spent providing childcare.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Virginia Roads

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Recreation/Travel,Transportation,Virginia Issues

http://virginiaroads.org/

Shows the status of current and planned road construction and repair projects in Virginia.  Also provides information on current lane closures, travel advisories, park and ride lots, toll facilities, scenic roads, various types of maps and more.  From the Virginia Department of Transportation

 

Increasing Tourism to Spur Economic Growth: Progress on the President’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy

Categories: Business/Economics,Presidency,Recreation/Travel

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/travel_and_tourism_progress_report.pdf

Describes the impact of travel and tourism on the U.S. economy and the progress made in implementing the administration’s strategy for increasing travel to and within the U.S.  From the Executive Office of the President

 

Virginia Outdoors Plan: 2013

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel,Virginia Issues

http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational_planning/documents/vopall.pdf

Latest version of the state’s official conservation, outdoor recreation, and open-space plan.  Includes a chapter on regional analysis and recommendations for 23 parts of the state including Hampton Roads.  From the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

 

Alaskan National Park Glaciers: Status and Trends: Fourth Progress Report

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel,Weather/Disasters

http://irmafiles.nps.gov/reference/holding/489332

Presents results from mapping of all glacier extents and from measurements of surface elevation change for Alaskan glaciers.  Discovered that glaciers decreased 5% to 11% from 1950/51 to 2005/07.  From the National Park Service

 

2012 National Park Visitor Spending Effects: Economic Contributions to Local Communities, States, and the Nation

Categories: Business/Economics,Recreation/Travel,Statistics

http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/docs/NPSVSE2012_final_nrss.pdf

Analyzes how trip-related spending by visitors to national park sites cycles through local economies, generating business sales and supporting jobs and income.  From the National Park Service

 

Visa Waiver Program

Categories: Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Recreation/Travel,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL32221.pdf

Explains what the Visa Waiver Program is, how it operates, policy issues such as security and overstays, and proposed legislation for change.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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