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"Quiet" Recreation Brings Crowds To The Region

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The idea of outdoor recreation differs widely from person to person. 

Where one person may enjoy zooming through the forest on a motorcycle, another would much prefer being able to hike to a place where no human sounds can be heard.  Call that "quiet recreation," because the term is catching on. 

And so is the practice, as measured by an ECONorthwest study funded by Pew Charitable Trusts

Northwest California is a particularly attractive destination for people who like their recreation quiet.  Kristin Lee of the independent research firm ECONorthwest wrote the report; she joins us with highlights.  
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.