Miles Phillips comes to OSU from Texas A&M University Extension, where he was the associate department head for Extension in the Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences Department. He led a team of Extension faculty working to serve all 254 counties in Texas. Before Texas, he was with Sea Grant in coastal South Carolina. He also works with national and international projects for sustainable tourism and community development through nature-based tourism. His work integrates elements of the tourism, agriculture, forestry, natural resources, adventure and outdoor recreation industries to create a cohesive sustainable tourism program. He developed and provided professional training and educational programs in support of tourism and outdoor recreation. He specialized in working with private landowners and partnerships with public land agencies. This included work for rural agricultural landowners, rural communities, cities and outdoor skills for the public. His enterprises have encompassed such diverse activities as hunting, fishing, visiting pumpkin patches, photography, stargazing, landscape painting, kayaking, and birding, and he’s using a similar approach in Oregon.
His top priority is to use Extension’s research- and outreach-based approach to combine the many facets of economic development, wildlife and land conservation, tourism and outdoor recreation into a working relationship that informs sustainable management and community vitality. His current work is focused on coastal Oregon to support and inform economic growth, job growth and sustainable management of wildlife and natural resources. His office is in Bandon, Oregon (Wild Rivers Center, 57744 Round Lake Road, Bandon, OR 97411).
Learn more about Miles's work in coastal sustainable tourism online at http://tourism.oregonstate.edu