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Community Guide to Nature Tourism

What is Nature Tourism?
Nature tourism is the travel through and enjoyment of the natural world, its seasonal cycles and events, carried out in a manner that promotes the protection of natural and human communities and consideration for those who will inherit our world.

Community leaders, public officials, agencies, and others who are interested in sustainable nature tourism will find tools to get started and links to other helpful information.

A sustainable nature tourism industry is directly related to the type, amount and quality of natural capital in a community. Natural capital of any given area provides valuable ecosystem services such as flood control, airflow and quality, soil fertility, biological diversity, aesthetics and recreation potential. Think of your natural capital as the foundation for a healthy community – its social structure, built structure and economic vitality all interrelated.

Why Nature Tourism? The Benefits
If nature tourism is a good match for your community, it can preserve or improve your quality of life and natural resources while providing jobs and increased local revenues, and enhancing community cohesion and pride. Many nature tourists also travel to participate in hunting, fishing and/or some combination of fish and wildlife recreation and tourism.

Download the full report here or go to the WDFW Nature Tourism web-site .

This article is quoted from the Tourism ROI Newsletter published on 2010-04.20.

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