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Parks and Conservation Area Management (PCAM)

The faculty in Parks and Conservation Area Management are committed to the advancement and application of new knowledge to inform and improve Parks and Protected Areas worldwide. The six research priorities below contribute to this mission:

  • Visitor monitoring and management - Provide tools and frameworks to help manage parks and protected areas to maximize the visitor experience while minimizing environmental impacts
  • Human dimensions of natural resource management – Investigate the social aspects of resource management issues (public opinions, attitudes, demographics, etc) to support effective planning and inform decision-making processes.
  • Parks, recreation, and public health - Explore the human-nature connection and the multifaceted benefits associated with parks and outdoor recreation across diverse contexts, with a particular emphasis on public health and well-being.
  • Environmental education and interpretation – Evaluate existing programs and identify strategies and approaches for reaching desired outcomes such as building environmental awareness and helping learners in informal settings develop the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in steward behaviors and promote environmental sustainability
  • Sustainable Tourism and Protected Areas—Research to support tourism management in parks and protected areas that maximizes the benefits to local residents in and around parks, minimizes impacts on the resources of the area, and enhances the visitor experience.
  • Outdoor/Wildland Recreation—Investigating and evaluating outdoor and wildland recreation benefits, impacts, and management.