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Science, Conservation, and National Parks$
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Steven R. Beissinger, David D. Ackerly, Holly Doremus, and Gary E. Machlis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226422954

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226423142.001.0001

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Strategic Conversation: Engaging and Disengaging People in Parks

Strategic Conversation: Engaging and Disengaging People in Parks

(p.316) Fifteen Strategic Conversation: Engaging and Disengaging People in Parks
Science, Conservation, and National Parks
Emily E. Kearny, Audrey F. Haynes, Carrie R. Levine
University of Chicago Press

The mission of the US National Parks includes the preservation of natural and historical beauty and the enjoyment of that beauty by visitors. Over the past century in the United States, however, urbanization has increased and most children grow up apart from nature. Visitation of national parks has been declining and use by ethnic minorities, which will soon outnumber Caucasians, lags behind other user groups. Nevertheless, some parks are heavily visited during summer months and impacts on sensitive park resources can require disengaging visitors from some areas. This strategic discussion, which transpired at the Berkeley summit “Science for Parks, Parks for Science” on 27 March 2015, focuses on how the relationship between people and parks will change in the coming century.

Keywords:   national parks, nature, park visitors, public engagement, urbanization, park visitation, protecting park resources

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