The Importance of Outdoor Activity and Place Attachment to Adolescent Development in Coös County, New Hampshire

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Historically, the outdoors has played a key role in the culture and identity of people living in rural Coös County, New Hampshire. From economic mainstays such as paper and wood products manufacturing, to outdoor recreation and tourism involving both motorized and non-motorized pursuits, Coös County residents have long benefited from the area's abundant natural surroundings. As industries dependent on natural resource extraction have declined, however, the region— like other northern forest areas—has experienced an economic downturn and corresponding outmigration. These economic and social factors have led young people to seek educational and employment prospects elsewhere, even if many still value the sense of community and the lifestyle opportunities that the outdoors provides.