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Relay - recreation links 16 June 2014

19 June 2014

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Reconomics – the economic impact of outdoor recreation – 10 Jun 2014 (PDF) This British report brings together information, research and evidence relating to the economic impact of outdoor recreation. Some 26 case studies and an evidence document (PDF) support the report. (Sport and Recreation Alliance, UK) Valuing Wales’ National Parks – September 2013 (PDF) This report assesses the economic benefits of the three parks in Wales, considering not only the measurable economic contribution of the parks to employment and gross value added, but also their less tangible benefits. (National Parks Wales) Government of Canada releases nature survey – 6 Jun 2014 Results from the 2012 Canadian Nature Survey (PDF) demonstrate the significant contribution that nature-related activities make to the national economy. (Leisure Information Network) Dramatic results show how to prevent drowning deaths: Otago study – 29 May 2014 New University of Otago research has found that many drowning deaths could be prevented if people learned to wait out the body’s initial shock response to cold water. (University of Otago) Walking Access outcomes showcased – 3 Jun 2014 Access outcomes from across New Zealand are now publicly available on a new “Case Notes†section of the Commission’s website. The new section showcases the type of regional work the Commission is involved in. (The New Zealand Walking Access Commission) Recreational trails programme annual report – 2013 (PDF) Over 20 years, the Recreational Trails Programme is responsible for creating and improving over 17,000 trail-related projects in the US, including urban greenways, nature centres, and horse, hiking, mountain bike, and motorised trails. (US Department of Transportation) New Zealand's avalanche experts already at work – 30 May 2014 (PDF) The first major snowfall of winter has given the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council’s avalanche forecasters plenty of work already. Each winter, the council publishes daily danger advisories on their avalanche website. (NZ Mountain Safety Council)

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