How National Forest Recreation Planning Got Its Start In Southern Colorado 100 Years Ago

A century ago the U.S. Forest Service’s first landscape architect argued for protecting wilderness, but that didn’t stop him from also making it easier to drive into the nation’s forests. Arthur Carhart wrote the agency’s first recreation plan and completed it in June 1920. It was for the San Isabel National Forest west of Pueblo.

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Davenport Campground

The USFS Davenport Campground west of Pueblo was rebuilt using the original recreation plan written by Arthur Carhart a hundred years ago.  – Photo by Shanna Lewis

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