Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Collaborative

A New Initiative On National Forests in California

Many of us know the challenges of road and trail planning on national forests. Conflicts between users (e.g., motorcycles and horseback riders) or conflicts between users and sensitive resources (e.g., off-high vehicles and meadows) are not uncommon and generate a lot of tension. Designing plans that reduce conflicts between people and protect sensitive resources have often been contentious and difficult. To better manage conflict and improve working partnerships, the Forest Service has joined with Outdoor Alliance and other recreation groups to form SORC. This group describes their purpose as:

… an effort composed of willing and committed organizations and individuals to undertake shared learning, build trust, and develop ideas and suggestions for how all recreationists and interest groups can collaborate and work effectively together to instill a strong sense of community ownership and responsibility for the public lands. 

Supported by facilitator Austin McMcInerny ( with the Consensus and Collaboration Program at Sacramento State University, the group has completed an assessment and prepared an overview document describing the regional outreach work planned for 2021.

Six regional meetings (organized by national forest) have been held, with the final meeting occurring on June 10. Current and future recreation projects were discussed, and meeting notes and other background information can be downloaded in the links to the column to the right on this page. For those interested in being contacted for future SORC meetings, contact Austin McMcInerny ( directly.