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During 1979 and 1980, when gasoline was in short supply and prices rose, the public's use of outdoor recreation facilities was significantly affected. People tended to use facilities closer to home. Recreation officials observed: longer stays at campgrounds; less vehicular movement within and between recreation areas; increased use of tents; and use of smaller cars, trucks, and recreational vehicles. The National Park Service experienced heavy declines in visitation at distant facilities. At the same time, the use of facilities in and near cities increased.

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Recommendations

Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Interior The Secretary of the Interior should coordinate and monitor research performed by various agencies on the long- and short-term effects that fuel shortages and high fuel costs have on the use of recreation facilities.
Closed - Implemented
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Department of Defense The Secretaries of the Interior and Defense should require WPRS and the Corps of Engineers to adopt gasoline conservation policies.
Closed - Implemented
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Department of the Interior The Secretaries of the Interior and Defense should require WPRS and the Corps of Engineers to adopt gasoline conservation policies.
Closed - Implemented
Please call 202/512-6100 for information.
Department of Agriculture The Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, and Defense should require their agencies to consider the results of improved forecasts in allocating financial resources to recreational facilities.
Closed - Implemented
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Department of Defense The Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, and Defense should require their agencies to consider the results of improved forecasts in allocating financial resources to recreational facilities.
Closed - Implemented
Please call 202/512-6100 for information.
Department of the Interior The Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, and Defense should require their agencies to consider the results of improved forecasts in allocating financial resources to recreational facilities.
Closed - Implemented
Please call 202/512-6100 for information.

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