RECx IV Videos

RECx IV - Thinking Outside the Box
Sustainability with a View - Laurie Lamm, Assistant Director, Sustainable Operations, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, Tongass National Forest

What if your site’s star attraction was disappearing? What would you do? How can you turn a challenge into an opportunity and gain partner support? The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is experiencing “Last Chance Tourism” as visitors travel to see the diminishing Mendenhall Glacier before it retreats from view. We are working to help visitors make connections between climate change and the impacts on a local scale.

A Prototype Trail Map that Can Work Everywhere - Derrick L. Nehrenberg, PhD, Founder & CEO, Juicy Trails

In 2015, the Town of Crested Butte, Gunnison County, and local trail associations decided to embark on a major trail signage initiative to deal with the aforementioned problems. Through hard work and a series of happenstances, JuicyTrails won the contract to execute the trail mapping initiative for the TA, which centered on creating a mobile trail map that works in conjunction with the trail signs we also produced for the project. During the first two weeks of the project, we used our JuicyTrails OpenStreetMap iD editor to collaborate with the USFS Gunnison Ranger District, Gunnison County, the Town of Crested Butte, and local trail associations to map over 1200 miles of trails and 900 miles of access roads, and to update all of the private land boundaries.

How Do We Integrate Tech in Outdoor Recreation? - Daniela Perdomo, Co-founder & CEO, goTenna

As everyone in the outdoor industry from retailers to the National Park Service investigate consumers' tech needs out in nature, it's a good time to investigate the difference between technologies that may push recreation forward versus tech integrations that may negatively impact outdoor activities. With considerations as wide-ranging as public safety, ecological issues, and engagement of new audiences, the question is: How do we thoughtfully and realistically integrate technology into outdoor recreation?