Changing Geography of National Parks and Protected Areas 2

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Palladian, Omni, West
Organizers: Joe Weber, Selima Sultana
Chairs: Joe Weber


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 Chloe Coffman*, SUNY-ESF, Elizabeth Vidon, SUNY-ESF, Unnatural Divides: The connections between environmental values and political ideology in the 2018 NY-24 Congressional election 20 9:55 AM
Presenter Tyra Olstad*, SUNY Oneonta, “Among these Ruggedy Mountains”: In Search of Bob Marshall’s Arctic Wilderness 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Xiao Xiao*, School of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University, Max Post van der Burg, U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Erin Seekamp, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Mitchell Eaton, U.S. Geological Survey, Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, , Optimizing Historic Preservation under Climate Change: Decision Support for Cultural Resource Adaptation Planning in National Parks 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Brian Peterson*, Clemson University, Matthew Brownlee, Clemson University, Understanding visitors' spatial behavior: a review of spatial applications in parks and protected areas 20 10:55 AM
Presenter Selima Sultana*, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Missing African-American Visitors at Great Smoky Mountains National Park 20 11:15 AM

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