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National Extension Tourism (NET) The mission of the National Extension Tourism (NET) Design Team is to enhance Extension tourism programs nationally by providing relevant information, useful resources, and networking opportunities for Extension professionals and others working in the broad area of tourism and recreation.This Site Hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Nature Tourism Program with the Department of Recreation, Park, Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Trail Development

Online Trail Building Toolbox Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website

Bicycle Tourism  Adventure Cycling Resources for Building Bike Tourism

Business Start-up

Starting a Small Business: The Feasibility Analysis by Micheal D. Reilly and Norman L. Millikin, Montana State University

Starting and managing a Business-Small business tools The U.S. Small Business Administration website

Setting Up Your Own Business: Monitoring the Health and Growth of Your Business University of Nebraska Extension

Entrepreneurship/Agribusiness website by José Cisneros

NC Small Business Center Network offering a variety of programs, services, and resources to help start and grow a business

Coastal Tourism

New York’s Department of Resources Local Waterfront Revitalization Program 

Water Trails Online Water Trail Toolbox by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Customer Service/Customer Experience

A Whole New Mind:  Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future link to purchase a book by Dan Pink

Direct Marketing

Direct Marketing from the Texas A&M Horticulture Business Information Network

Festival & Events

North Carolina Festival & Events Association serves as a year-round forum for Festival and Event coordinators, key volunteers, and vendors to the industry.

Preparing for an Agritourism Event: A Checklist (HTML version) by Denise Mainville and Karen Mundy; Virginia Tech CES


Fee-Fishing Considerations by Jack Whetstone, Clemson University Extension Forestry and Natural Resources

Landowner Alternatives and Considerations for Developing Fee-Access Recreation by Greg K. Yarrow, Clemson University Extension Forestry and Natural Resources

Fee Hunting and Fishing

Hunting Leases by Greg K. Yarrow, Clemson University Extension Forestry and Natural Resources

The Hunters’ Guide to a Successful Hunt Lease: Agricultural Extension Service, by Craig Harper and Mike Black, The University of Tennessee CES

The 2006 Economic benefits of Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife watching in NC by Southwick Associates, Inc. for the NCWRC

Benefits of Hunting by Southwick Associates, Inc. for the NCWRC

The Economic impact of Mountain Trout Fishing in N.C. N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Tips for Hunters when requesting permission to hunt on private land courtesy of The Hunting Heritage Program of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Hunting Lease Liability Insurance Courtesy of the NCFA

A Checklist of Considerations for Landowners by James E. Miller, Professor Emeritus, Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture, and Ken Hood former
Associate Extension Professor, Food and Fiber Center Mississippi State University

Hunting Leases: Considerations and Alternatives for Landowners by James E. Miller, Professor Emeritus, Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Mississippi State University

SRAC 0482: Fee-Fishing Southern Region Aquatic Center

Recreational Access and Liability: What Landowners Should Know by Greg K. Yarrow, Clemson University Extension Forestry and Natural Resources

Rural Landowner Liability for Recreational Injuries

N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Welcome To Hunt NC Farmland NCDA website

Green Tourism

NC GreenTravel Initiative, A no-cost NCDEQ certification program helping North Carolina’s tourism businesses improve their brand through going green.

Landowner Resource Package

A guide to Farming in Pennsylvania Penn State Extension website

Liability Issues

Limit liability for agritourism farms NC statute (N.C. General Assembly)

Laws, Rules & Resources for Agritourism Markets NCDA website

Agritourism – Keeping passengers safe on hay rides by William J. Bamka, Stephen Komar, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Liability and Insurance Protection in Rural Recreation Enterprises MSU extension

One Montana website


Beginning Farmers – An online resource for farmers, researchers, and policy makers by AgHub

Social Media Dictionary by Kipp Bodnar at

How to: Build Your Personal Brand on Facebook by Dan Schawbel at

How To: Build Your Personal Brand on Twitter by Dan Schawbel at

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable’s Rural Economic Development Toolkit designed to help communities build an outdoor recreation economy of their own.

Social Equity in Tourism

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) working to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.

MMGY The Black Traveler Insights, Opportunities & Priorities report is the first in a series of MMGY Travel Intelligence market research studies to be informed by diverse travel advocacy organizations to better identify the needs, behaviors and sentiment of underrepresented travel communities. Featuring a combined sample size of 8,500 Black individuals, it is the most extensive travel research conducted of the Black traveling community.

Society for Accessibility in Travel & Hospitality (SATH) works to raise awareness of the needs of all travelers with disabilities, remove physical and attitudinal barriers to free access and expand travel opportunities in the United States and abroad. 

Tourism RESET a multi-university and interdisciplinary research and outreach initiative that seeks to identify, study, and challenge patterns of social inequity in the tourism industry. 


NCGrowth’s Field Guide to Blueways: Leveraging Natural Assets for Economic Development

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities  This is a one-stop guide to find the details about those programs and how to apply for them. The programs detailed in the publication cover a variety of areas: Natural Resources Conservation and Management Sustainable Ranching and Farming Practices Value Added and Marketing Innovations Nutrition and Consumer Food Access Economic Development for Farms, Small Businesses, and Communities Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation.

A Guide to Outdoor Health and Safety Fun and easy to share a guide on potentially dangerous scenarios when exploring the outdoors and how to prepare. Includes links to additional resources.

Data, Tools & Reports from the NC Department of Commerce

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