Editorial: Hut-to-Hut is growing: lets plan for it
Following is an invited editorial published in the Fall 2017 issue of American Trails. It is a call to trails professionals, recreation planners, and land managers to acknowledge that hut systems are no longer just peripheral, “accepted anomalies” on the American recreational landscape. There is a grass-roots movement that needs support and guidance.
Since writing this I’ve discovered even more hut systems under development. It is time to turn attention to the research and planning necessary to support and guide this nascent movement as an effective approach to environmental education and stewardship.
Conducting a formal recreational ecology study of the environmental impacts of huts is a great place to start.
Sam, September 2017