Parks and Carrying Capacity: Commons Without Tragedy / Edition 1

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Overview


How much can we use the environment without spoiling what we find so valuable about it? Determining the carrying capacity of parks and related areas is a perennial question whose urgency grows each year as the number of visits continues to increase. Parks and Carrying Capacity represents a comprehensive assessment of the issue, as it:
 
• offers a historical and conceptual treatment of
carrying capacity
• describes and illustrates research approaches for
assessing carrying capacity, including qualitative and quantitative
surveys, normative theory and methods, visual research approaches,
trade-off analysis, and simulation modeling
• examines management alternatives for limiting the environmental
and social impacts of visitor use
• considers the broader question of environmental management and
how the issue of carrying capacity can be applied more generally
• discusses how the theory and methods associated with managing
the carrying capacity of parks and protected areas might be extended
to other areas of environmental management
 
The book includes a series of case studies that describe research programsdesigned to support analysis and management of carrying capacity at eight diverse units of the U.S. National Park System, and an additional case study that explores how the foundational components of carrying capacity (formulating indicators and standards, monitoring, and adaptive management) are being applied in an increasing number of environmental and natural resources fields to address the growing urgency of sustainability.
 
Parks and Carrying Capacity is an important new work for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and researchers in outdoor recreation, park planning and management, and natural resource conservation and management, as well as for professional planners and managers involved with park and outdoor recreation related agencies and nongovernmental organizations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559631051
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Manning is a professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, where he teaches park and wilderness management and environmental history and philosophy, and conducts a program of research for the U.S. National Park Service.

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Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Introduction     1
From Commons to Carrying Capacity     5
The Tragedy of the Commons     7
Carrying Capacity of Parks and Protected Areas     18
Indicators and Standards     28
Research to Support Application of Carrying Capacity     35
Identifying Indicators for Parks and Protected Areas     37
Normative Standards for Indicator Variables     42
Visual Research Methods     56
Tradeoffs in Park and Outdoor Recreation Management     77
Computer Simulation Modeling of Visitor Use     90
Case Studies of Measuring and Managing Carrying Capacity     99
Managing Recreation at Acadia National Park     101
Day-Use Social Carrying Capacity of Yosemite Valley     110
Wilderness Camping at Isle Royale National Park     125
Indicators and Standards at Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area     136
Estimating Carrying Capacity of Alcatraz Island     146
Defining and Managing the Quality of the Visitor Experience at Muir Woods National Monument     155
Wilderness Management at Zion National Park     167
Indicators and Standards for Cultural Resources at Mesa Verde National Park     181
ManagingCarrying Capacity     193
Alternative Management Practices     195
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Management Practices     203
Beyond Parks and Protected Areas     229
Indicators and Standards of Sustainability     231
Conclusion     245
Indicators for Parks and Protected Areas     253
Standards for Parks and Protected Areas     261
References     275
Index     307
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