Changing Geography of National Parks and Protected Areas (Session 2)

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Applied Geography Specialty Group, Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Specialty Group, Protected Areas Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 43
Organizers: Selima Sultana, Joe Weber
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
• 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
Presenter Randall Wilson*, Gettysburg College, High Noon in Jackson: The Ninety-Year Struggle for Ecosystem Management at Yellowstone and Grand Teton 15 4:40 PM
Presenter Xochizeltzin Castaneda Camacho*, The University of Texas at Austin, Nature Conservation in Protected Areas of Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert 15 4:55 PM
Presenter Patrick Sweatt*, Northern Arizona University, Reappropriating the Mountains: An analysis of Great Smoky Mountains National Park during a 35-day federal shutdown 15 5:10 PM
Presenter Inhye Kong*, University of Georgia, Cultural ecosystem services by visitor origins in the US national parks 15 5:25 PM
Presenter Joe Weber*, University Of Alabama, America’s Lost National Monuments and the Limits of the National Park System 15 5:40 PM

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