Managing Outdoor Recreation: Case Studies in the National Parks

Overview

The popularity of outdoor recreation and ecotourism continues to grow worldwide. However, there is little systematic information on how to manage outdoor recreation in ways that protect park resources and the quality of the visitor experience. This book develops classification systems of outdoor recreation-related problems and management strategies and practices and combines them into a series of matrices that can help guide park and outdoor recreation management. The book then uses a series of case studies drawn...
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Overview

The popularity of outdoor recreation and ecotourism continues to grow worldwide. However, there is little systematic information on how to manage outdoor recreation in ways that protect park resources and the quality of the visitor experience. This book develops classification systems of outdoor recreation-related problems and management strategies and practices and combines them into a series of matrices that can help guide park and outdoor recreation management. The book then uses a series of case studies drawn from the U.S. National Park System that illustrate a range of successful management approaches that can be applied globally. The book concludes with a series of principles for managing parks and outdoor recreation.
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"Manning and Anderson (both, Univ. of Vermont) have written a timely, pragmatic, and useful work, a must read for managers of all lands visited by tourists/outdoor enthusiasts, students in land management programs, and policy makers. The well-informed park user would also find it valuable. Part 1, divided into five chapters, provides a conceptual and methodological basis for the book. Chapter 1 is a concise conceptual framework. Following chapters survey human impacts on parks, and examine, evaluate, and apply management practices. Part 2 contains 20 succinct case study chapters that illustrate discrete management problems and remarkable success in the context of national parks. These include mitigation of trail use by millions of visitors and overuse of backcountry campsites in Acadia and on the Appalachian Trail; management of light, noise, and human waste problems Chaco, Muir Woods, and Mt. Whitney; successful handling of vegetation and habitat issues at the National Mall and at Katmai; and resolving visitor transportation and safety issues at Zion and Yosemite. The case studies are pithy, appropriate, and results-oriented. Chapter 26 in part 3 presents lessons learned through 36 management principles. Appendix A provides a toolbox of park problems and management solutions. Appendix B is available on a companion website. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780641874
  • Publisher: CAB International North America
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,194,213
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Manning is at the University of Vermont.

Laura E. Anderson is at the University of Vermont.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 - Managing Outdoor Recreation
1. Parks and Outdoor Recreation
2. Impacts of Outdoor Recreation
3. Outdoor Recreation Management Practices
4. Evaluating Outdoor Recreation Management Practices
5. Applying Outdoor Recreation Management Practices

Part 2 - Case Studies in the National Parks
6. Treading Lightly on Acadia
7. Building a Better Campsite Along the Appalachian Trail
8. How Many Visitors is Too Many at Arches?
9. Protecting Biscayne's Underwater Treasures
10. Turning Off the Lights at Chaco
11. Busing Among the Grizzlies at Denali
12. Winning the Lottery on the Colorado River
13. The Sounds of Silence in Muir Woods
14. Stewarding America's Antiquities at Mesa Verde
15. What Goes Up Mt. Whitney Must Come Down
16. Preventing the Petrified Forest from Disappearing
17. Bear Etiquette in Katmai
18. Don't Pick Up Aquatic Hitchhikers in Voyagers
19. A Mountain with Handrails in Yosemite
20. Doing the Zion Shuttle
21. The Buzz from Above at Grand Canyon
22. Managing Monuments and Memorials at the National Mall
23. The Winter Wonderland of Yellowstone
24. "Alternative Transportation" at Grand Teton
25. "No Bad Trip in Glacier"

Part 3 - Conclusions
26. Principles of Managing Outdoor Recreation

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