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Conducting recreation surveys
UAF Professor Pete Fix and two other recreation researchers have developed a cost-effective approach that will be used nationally to evaluate visitor experiences on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Since 2014, BLM has required incorporating what is called “outcomes-focused management” into land-use planning. The approach to parks and recreation management focuses on the positive outcomes from recreational experiences. It calls for identifying the activities, settings, experiences and benefits sought by visitors, local residents and businesses. The approach also considers how satisfied visitors were with their experiences and the facilities.
The Reindeer Research Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has looked at the best combinations of feed and forage, range management and how the reindeer diet and slaughter methods affect the quality of meat.
Program manager Greg Finstad said that reindeer research over the past 35 years has focused on helping develop a local red meat industry.
“It’s producer-driven research,” he said.
Finstad believes that reindeer production could help address Alaska’s food insecurity and provide an economic boost to tribal entities that sell the meat.