Changing Geography of National Parks and Protected Areas 1

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Palladian, Omni, West
Organizers: Joe Weber, Selima Sultana
Chairs: Selima Sultana


National parks and other protected areas are facing unprecedented challenges and changes, whether political, environmental, or social. The ‘dual mandate’ under which U.S. national parks are managed requires that providing access to the scenic and historic features of America’s national parks be balanced by environmental protections, but political and budgetary considerations make this increasingly difficult. Parks and protected areas in other countries face a variety of threats at different scales and often with no easy solutions; these affect not just the biological resources but cultural landscapes. This session will examine topics such as, but not limited to:

• Vacation travel to national park and other protected areas
• Race/ethnicity, gender, and changing visitation
• Changing cultural contexts of parks
• Environmental consequences of development projects within parks
• Political challenges to parks
• Climate change impacts on historical sites
• Cultural landscapes in and around protected areas


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Lisa Benton-Short*, The George Washington University, Parks in Peril: National parks in the Trump era 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Lary Dilsaver*, University Of South Alabama, From Yellowstone to Freedom Riders National Monument: What Drives the Addition of New National Parks? 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Tate Pashibin*, Ohio University, Natalie Mumich*, , Canyonlands National Park: Fifty Years of Conservation Conflict, 1964-2013 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Elizabeth Perry*, Clemson University, Friendship wanted: Small historic park seeks relevance with locals 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Joe Weber*, University Of Alabama, Judith Oppong, University of Alabama, Changing Boundaries in the National Park System 20 9:20 AM

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