Through its research, education and outreach programs, the Oregon State University College of Forestry strives to create healthy people and communities, competitive and innovative products, intensively managed forests and resilient ecosystems to produce a healthy forest landscape for all users. This includes managing our forest landscapes to meet the needs of those who utilize these spaces for their desirable recreation opportunities. From hiking, biking, kayaking, rock climbing and beyond, the positive impact recreation has on our forests and communities can be felt far and wide. The challenges are also immense. For instance, conflict between recreationists and land managers arise and are costly, while forest recreation remains an opportunity enjoyed mostly by users of a certain income status and demographic set. To help land managers, recreation users and the community understand and address these issues and challenges, the 2017 Starker Lecture Series will focus on the social and economic impact recreation has on the forests, the conflict it can create between parties, and the collaborative approaches to forest stewardship and sustainability that have resulted in positive outcomes for all users.