Parks and Carrying Capacity: Commons Without Tragedy

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About the Author:
Robert E. Manning is a professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont

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Editorial Reviews

Natural Resources Journal
"Examining different approaches that can be used to help analyze and manage carrying capacity and maintain long-term sustainability and creating a unique and comprehensive framework that defines carrying capacity challenges and provides case studies as models for application in parks, protected areas, and beyond."
Director, Conservation Study Institute, National Park Service - Nor J. Mitchell
"Parks and Carrying Capacity demonstrates how applied social science can inform national park and protected area managment. Forging a strong link between academy and practice is increasingly important given the need for rigorous methodologies to analyze problems, identify management responses, and evaluate their effectiveness. Manning emphasizes a framework that will advance adaptive management and engage the public in creating sustainable strategies for our shared resources."
Executive director, the George Wright Society - David Harmon
"Over the years, the concept of carrying capacity, so critical to management of parks and protected areas, has been enriched by a host of theoretical and empirical advances. For more than two decades, Manning's work has been at the heart of this progress and has given us the means to understand how values and expectations affect human use of parks and protected areas. Parks and Carrying Capacity is poised to become the standard work on the subject."
senior research associate emeritus, Department of Forest Resources, Univ. of MN - David W. Lime
"This book is a valuable contribution to a literature calling for increased science-based knowledge about the long-term management and sustainability of critical biophysical and social values for parks and other protected areas. Manning offers a range of practical, easy-to-understand case studies from applied research and resource management that addresses the question, At what point must managers intervene to prevent unacceptable environmental and social impacts by visitors? Policy makers, field resource managers, planners, researchers, teachers, and students interested in the controversy over park protection and preservation versus use will benefit greatly from this provocative volume."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559631044
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/2007
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (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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