Changing Geography of National Parks and Protected Areas

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Protected Areas Specialty Group, Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Specialty Group, Applied Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Selima Sultana, Joe Weber
Chairs: Selima Sultana

Call for Submissions

Send an abstract of no more than 250 words and your personal identification number (received from the AAG after applying online at to one of the organizers by October 28, 2020.

Selima Sultana
Department of Geography
University of North Carolina Greensboro

Joe Weber
Department of Geography
University of Alabama


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
• Transportation consequences and challenges in national parks
• Political challenges to parks
• Climate change impacts on historical sites
• Cultural landscapes in and around protected areas


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Selima Sultana University of North Carolina-Greensboro 2 12:00 AM
Presenter Seth Kannarr*, , National Park Deserts: A Look Into Metropolitan Accessibility 12 12:00 AM
Presenter Selima Sultana*, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, SELIMA SULTANA, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Josh Merced, University of North Carolina Greensboro, White by Nature: African American perspectives on United States National Park Visitation 12 12:00 AM
Presenter Aby Sene-Harper*, Clemson University, Myron F Floyd, North Carolina State University, "We have our own cultural ways of being in nature": Black Americans and National Parks 12 12:00 AM
Presenter Elizabeth Perry*, Michigan State University, Brian Peterson, Kansas State University, Identifying opportunities for small cultural parks to build regional relevance: A social and spatial network analysis approach to measures of leverage 12 12:00 AM
Presenter Randall Wilson*, Gettysburg College, High Noon in Jackson: The Ninety-Year Struggle for Ecosystem Management at Yellowstone and Grand Teton 12 12:00 AM
Presenter Joe Weber*, University Of Alabama, America’s Lost National Monuments and the Limits of the National Park System 12 12:00 AM

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