Parks and Carrying Capacity Commons Without Tragedy

ISBN-10: 1559631058

ISBN-13: 9781559631051

Edition: 2007

Authors: Robert E. Manning

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How much can we use the environment without spoiling what we find so valuable about it? Determining the carrying capacity of parks and related areas is a perennial question whose urgency grows each year as the number of visits continues to increase. "Parks and Carrying Capacity" represents a comprehensive assessment of the issue, as it: - offers a historical and conceptual treatment of carrying capacity - describes and illustrates research approaches for assessing carrying capacity, including qualitative and quantitative surveys, normative theory and methods, visual research approaches, trade-off analysis, and simulation modeling - examines management alternatives for limiting the environmental and social impacts of visitor use - considers the broader question of environmental management and how the issue of carrying capacity can be applied more generally - discusses how the theory and methods associated with managing the carrying capacity of parks and protected areas might be extended to other areas of environmental management The book includes a series of case studies that describe research programsdesigned to support analysis and management of carrying capacity at eight diverse units of the U.S. National Park System, and an additional case study that explores how the foundational components of carrying capacity (formulating indicators and standards, monitoring, and adaptive management) arebeing applied in an increasing number of environmental and natural resources fields to address the growing urgency of sustainability. "Parks and Carrying Capacity" is an important new work for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and researchers in outdoor recreation, park planning and management, and natural resource conservation and management, as well as for professional planners and managers involved with park and outdoor recreation related agencies and nongovernmental organizations.
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List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 1/23/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

From Commons to Carrying Capacity
The Tragedy of the Commons
Carrying Capacity of Parks and Protected Areas
Indicators and Standards
Research to Support Application of Carrying Capacity
Identifying Indicators for Parks and Protected Areas
Normative Standards for Indicator Variables
Visual Research Methods
Tradeoffs in Park and Outdoor Recreation Management
Computer Simulation Modeling of Visitor Use
Case Studies of Measuring and Managing Carrying Capacity
Managing Recreation at Acadia National Park
Day-Use Social Carrying Capacity of Yosemite Valley
Wilderness Camping at Isle Royale National Park
Indicators and Standards at Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Estimating Carrying Capacity of Alcatraz Island
Defining and Managing the Quality of the Visitor Experience at Muir Woods National Monument
Wilderness Management at Zion National Park
Indicators and Standards for Cultural Resources at Mesa Verde National Park
Managing Carrying Capacity
Alternative Management Practices
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Management Practices
Beyond Parks and Protected Areas
Indicators and Standards of Sustainability
Indicators for Parks and Protected Areas
Standards for Parks and Protected Areas
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