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Regional Resource Stewardship Council
Advice on Recreation

From Council meeting of September 10-11, 2003
Approved at Council meeting of January 21-22, 2004

1. What are the most important national and regional trends TVA’s recreation planning should take into consideration?
2. What should be the most critical elements of TVA’s recreation strategy?
3. What should TVA’s recreation program look like in five years?


1. What are the most important national and regional trends TVA’s recreation planning should take into consideration?

High Priority
• Population growth / growth in user demand
• Crumbling infrastructure
• Diminishing political priority of recreation creates planning challenges
• Funding issues (lack of sustainable funding)
• Growing number of partnership opportunities
• Improvement in planning tools and goal setting tools
  • Must establish goals before plans
  • Improvement in tools / ROS tools for planning (quantify recreation values, economic models, etc.)
  • ID niche, vision, strategies for partnerships

• Increasing numbers of volunteers
• Attraction to resources near water for recreation
• People are recreating closer to home
• Increasing dependence on local provision of recreation
• Security impacts

Medium Priority
• Preservation of land (by nonprofit preservation groups)
• Loss of TVA land to development
• Type of user demand is changing (individual activities increasing)
• Awareness of environmental issues is increasing and the public is more demanding on issues of natural resource management
• Segments of the population are unaware of environmental issues
• Consumerism / commercialism attached to outdoor recreation is growing
• Change in the ethnicity of people recreating in areas with different recreation demands / needs
• Change in economic trends / effect of discretionary income on recreation demands

Low Priority
• People are living longer and have changing recreation needs
• Health issues are becoming a driver of recreation activities

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2. What should be the most critical elements of TVA’s recreation strategy?

High Priority
• Funding

  • Serious consideration of access fees (for benefits to operations & maintenance)
  • Establish sustainable funding
  • Ensure that user fees will be reinvested in recreation projects
  • Recognize and determine (quantify) the value of recreation on the regional economy
  • Consider funding sources other than federal funding, make program more self-sustainable, operate like a business but some things, like trails, should continue to be available at no charge

• Public surveys (user satisfaction, preference, broad, etc)

  • Determine what people value for planning, prerequisite for planning
  • Determine interests
  • Determine economic values

• Preservation of land
• Explore the concept of periodic meetings between the partners of each reservoir

  • Include local governments (and other stakeholders) in partnership and communication meetings to help them understand the recreation and economic benefits of the river system
  • Public participation

• Outsource activities, but not the core mission
• Provide customer satisfaction through customer service
• Long range planning for stewardship of public lands for recreation (10-20 year plans)
• Establish recognized, public, sustainable and comprehensive goals to assist in building public trust
• Broad TVA support of recreation program goals
• Education of the general public

Medium Priority
• Also consider quality of life issues

Low Priority
• Revisit congressional funding for recreation programs

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3. What should TVA’s recreation program look like in five years?

• Federal funding for activities that typically take place on federal lands (like NPS, USFS, COE)

3a. What activities should receive more emphasis?
• Look at total availability of recreation opportunities on a regional basis, instead of making everything the same everywhere
• Partnering (all stakeholders), planning, surveys, analysis, cost-sharing
• Preservation of the right to hunt on TVA public lands
• Facilities management will continue to be important (infrastructure, drinking water and wastewater / sanitation facilities, launching facilities, signage)
• Preservation of public land for recreation, instead of development
• More personal water craft free zones, partner with TWRA
• Open, transparent establishment of criteria and goals for land management
• TVA should retain its ability to manage and sell lands

3b. What activities should receive less emphasis?
• Determine as a result of surveys
• Determine during meetings with partners opportunities for the reduction of TVA maintenance and operational responsibilities that could be transferred to the partners.

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