This Land Is Your Land

Toward a Better Understanding of Nature’s Resiliency-Building and Restorative Power for Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families
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Editor(s): Daniel L. Dustin
Kelly Bricker
Keri A. Schwab

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THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND is a first of its kind exploration into the therapeutic benefits of nature-based recreation for Armed Forces personnel, veterans, and their families.

The book is divided into four parts:

  • descriptions of several exemplary nature-based recreation programs
  • completed research examining the therapeutic effectiveness of nature-based recreation programs
  • research challenges and opportunities
  • recommendations for future studies.

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND’s 46 contributors, united by their passion for assisting military families transition from combat-related stresses to civilian life through health-promoting outdoor recreation engagements, come from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, including outdoor adventure education and programming, therapeutic recreation, counseling rehabilitation, social work, medicine, and clinical and environmental psychology.

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND combines practical lessons learned from administering nature-based recreation programs for members of our military family with scientific insights that will better equip the rapidly growing number of individuals and organizations dedicated to doing this critically important work with the necessary therapeutic tools to conduct evidence-based best practices.


About the Editor(s)

Daniel L. Dustin

Daniel L. Dustin is a professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism in the College of Health at the University of Utah.

He served previously as the Department Chair at Utah, and before that as Frost Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Florida International University in Miami, and as professor and Chair of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism at San Diego State University.

Dr. Dustin's academic interests center on environmental stewardship and the moral and ethical bases for leisure and recreation activity preferences and behaviors. A past president of the Society of Park and Recreation Educators (SPRE) and the Academy of Leisure Sciences, he is a recipient of the National Recreation and Park Association's Literary Award.

In 1994, he was named an honorary lifetime member of the California Park Rangers Association for his contributions to the literature of outdoor recreation planning and policy, and in 2001 he received the SPRE Distinguished Colleague Award for a lifetime of achievement.

Publications in which he was a contributing author or editor include: Wilderness in America: Personal Perspectives; Beyond Promotion and Tenure: On Being a Professor; For the Good of the Order: Administering Academic Programs in Higher Education; Stewards of Access/Custodians of Choice: A Philosophical Foundation for the Park and Recreation Profession; Nature and the Human Spirit: Toward an Expanded Land Management Ethic; The Wilderness Within: Reflections on Leisure and Life; Making a Difference in Academic Life: A Handbook for Park, Recreation, and Tourism Educators and Graduate Students;Service Living: Building Community through Public Parks and Recreation; Speaking Up and Speaking Out: Working for Social and Environmental Justice in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism; and Just Leisure: Things that We Believe In.

Kelly Bricker

Dr. Kelly S. Bricker is a Professor of Sustainable Tourism at the University of Utah in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.  She also works as a Senior Research Scientist – Recreation with HDR|DTA part-time.

She completed her Ph.D. research with the Pennsylvania State University, where she specialized in sustainable tourism and natural resource management. She has special research and teaching interest in ecotourism, sense of place, natural resource management, and the environmental and social impacts of tourism.

Kelly has conducted research on heritage tourism, social impacts of tourism, and natural resource-related tourism environments.  She has presented papers on issues in ecotourism, sense of place, natural resource management, and incentive travel programs. She has published articles on sense of place, ecotourism certification and policy, and health and sustainable tourism relative to communities.

With Rosemary Black and Stuart Cottrell, she authored and edited a book titled Sustainable Tourism & the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change. With her husband Nathan, she developed an ecotourism operation called Rivers Fiji.

She currently serves as the Chair of The International Ecotourism Society’s Research and Education Council, the ESTC15, and as past Chair, current Vice Chair and Treasurer for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Keri A. Schwab

Keri Schwab, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor in the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. She teaches core undergraduate courses including Introduction to RPT, Evaluation and Assessment Methods, and Programming and Leadership.

Dr. Schwab holds a B.A. degree in Media Arts/Journalism from James Madison University, an M.S. degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Utah, and earned her doctoral degree in the same department. Her M.S. and Ph.D. studies focused on positive youth development and family leisure.

While earning her degrees, Dr. Schwab continued to use her journalism degree and writing experience to help co-author several articles related to the role recreation plays in positive youth development and individual, community, and environmental health.

She also has an interest in teaching and learning, and has both published and presented on this topic, including studying students who earned a degree in sport management and a looking at enhancing critical thinking through scaffolding. Her professional experiences in the field include work in several youth and family-focused programs such as after school recreation, early childhood dance/movement, home-based early intervention, and as a grant writer for Head Start.

Prior to her work in parks, recreation, and tourism, Dr. Schwab worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer, and continues to use those skills today on projects such as Career with Meaning.

Daniel Dustin
Kelly Bricker
Sandra Negley
Matthew Brownlee
Keri Schwab
Neil Lundberg