Recreation economies and sustainable tourism: Mountain biking at Kingdom Trail Association in Vermont
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Rural communities that are dependent on manufacturing, mining, energy, and timber are witnessing population declines while amenity-rich communities are growing, particularly those with a desirable physical environment and a positive small town atmosphere. This trend is apparent in communities in Vermont with access to high quality outdoor recreation. Rural communities that have successfully branded themselves as hubs for nature-based tourism have much to share with communities seeking to develop their economies around outdoor recreation.