The practical and theoretical basis of recreational use of public and private lands is examined in the context of ecosystem management. The statutory and regulatory policies and current issues regarding the management and use of lands in wilderness systems, wild and scenic river corridors, parks, and open spaces are discussed in detail. The impacts of recreational uses on the environment and conflicts with other uses of land and resources are discussed. Land use planning policies and decisions which respond to recreation, wilderness and open space issues are examined. Field trips to Rocky Mountain National Park, Chatfield State Park, or other outdoor recreation sites will be scheduled to supplement classroom meetings.