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Managing Outdoor Recreation

Managing Outdoor Recreation

Case Studies in the National Parks

By R Manning, University of Vermont, USA, L Anderson, University of Vermont, USA

August 2012 / Hardback / 256 Pages / 9781845939311 £75.00 / €100.00 / $145.00
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Main Description

The popularity of outdoor recreation and ecotourism continues to grow worldwide. However, there is little systematic information on how to manage outdoor recreation in ways that protect park resources and the quality of the visitor experience. This book develops classification systems of outdoor recreation-related problems and management strategies and practices and combines them into a series of matrices that can help guide park and outdoor recreation management. The book then uses a series of case studies drawn from the U.S. National Park System that illustrate a range of successful management approaches that can be applied globally. The book concludes with a series of principles for managing parks and outdoor recreation.


Graduate and undergraduate students in outdoor recreation and park management practitioners.


Part 1 - Managing Outdoor Recreation

1. Parks and Outdoor Recreation

2. Impacts of Outdoor Recreation

3. Outdoor Recreation Management Practices

4. Evaluating Outdoor Recreation Management Practices

5. Applying Outdoor Recreation Management Practices

Part 2 - Case Studies in the National Parks

6. Treading Lightly on Acadia

7. Building a Better Campsite Along the Appalachian Trail

8. How Many Visitors is Too Many at Arches?

9. Protecting Biscayne's Underwater Treasures

10. Turning Off the Lights at Chaco

11. Busing Among the Grizzlies at Denali

12. Winning the Lottery on the Colorado River

13. The Sounds of Silence in Muir Woods

14. Stewarding America's Antiquities at Mesa Verde

15. What Goes Up Mt. Whitney Must Come Down

16. Preventing the Petrified Forest from Disappearing

17. Bear Etiquette in Katmai

18. Don't Pick Up Aquatic Hitchhikers in Voyageurs

19. A Mountain with Handrails in Yosemite

20. Doing the Zion Shuttle

21. The Buzz from Above at Grand Canyon

22. Managing Monuments and Memorials at the National Mall

23. The Winter Wonderland of Yellowstone

24. "Alternative Transportation" at Grand Teton

25. "No Bad Trip in Glacier"

Part 3 - Conclusions

26. Lessons Learned

Appendix A1 - Management Practices for Limiting Use

Appendix A2 - Management Practices for Increasing Supply

Appendix A3 - Management Practices for Reducing the Impact of Use

Appendix A4 - Management Practices for Hardening Resources and the Visitor Experience

Appendix B - An Interactive Management Tool
"Manning and Anderson (both, Univ of Vermont) have written a timely, pragmatic, and useful work, a must read for managers of all lands visited by tourists/outdoor enthusiasts, students in land management programs, and policy makers. Highly recommended – E. J. Delaney, formerly, National Park Service, CHOICE

Anderson is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. As a member of the university's Park Studies Laboratory, she conducts research that addresses planning and management of outdoor recreation in parks, wilderness, and related areas. She has been fortunate to visit many units of the U.S. national park system and has conducted field research in Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, and Glacier National Parks. Laura is an author of several research papers, has served as a reviewer for a number of academic journals, and is an Associate Editor for Leisure Sciences. She is a graduate of Wittenberg University (B.A.), the Ohio State University (M.S.), and University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Ph.D.).

Manning is a Professor in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Program at the University of Vermont where he is also Director of the university's Park Studies Laboratory. He teaches and conducts research on the history, philosophy and management of parks, wilderness and related areas. He has conducted a long-term program of research for the US National Park Service and other park and outdoor recreation agencies, and has spent four year-long sabbatical leaves with the National Park Service. He is the author of over a hundred journal articles and several books, including 'Studies in Outdoor Recreation: Search and Research for Satisfaction (Third Edition)' (Oregon State University Press), 'Parks and People: Managing Outdoor Recreation at Acadia National Park' (University Press of New England), and 'Parks and Carrying Capacity: Commons without Tragedy' (Island Press). He has received a number of awards, including being named a University Scholar (University of Vermont), the Social Science Achievement Award (George Wright Society), the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Research (National Recreation and Park Association), the George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award (University of Vermont), the Louis F. Twardzik Outstanding Alumni Award (Michigan State University) and the National Literary Award (National Recreation and Park Association).