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Charlynne Smith

Director - Recreation Resources Service

Center for Geospatial Analytics, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Biltmore Hall (Robertson Wing) 3024B



NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • Ph.D. Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
    • Research focus: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Application of Geospatial Technologies for Natural and Cultural Resource Management.
  • Master of Natural Resources
    • Concentration: Spatial Information Science
    • Minor: Landscape Architecture
  • B.Sc., Recreation Resources Administration
    • Concentration: Program Management

Certification:  Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP)

Fellow:  Natural Resources Leadership Institute, 2010

Current Research Interests

  • Evaluate the capacity for adoption and dissemination of spatial collaboration tools for communication among natural and cultural resource management stakeholders.
  • Implementation of spatial information technologies for visualization, analysis and communication related to human dimensions of natural and cultural resources.
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Distance Education, Service Learning, Geospatial Science & Technology, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Outreach, Extension & Instructional Activities

Charlynne works in a dual role as a GIS Research Associate with the Geospatial Information Science & Technology Program and as a Recreation Consultant with Recreation Resources Service (RRS).

Recent Courses Taught

  • GIS 590: Geospatial Information Science Master’s Project
    • MGIST Capstone Course – Distance Education, Service Learning
  • PRT 451: Principles of Recreation Planning and Facility Development
  • Director, Supervisors’ Management School (SMS) –Guide 8-11member Board of Regents in curriculum development and instruction for the two year professional development certificate program.  SMS is offered through PRTM at the National Training Center (Oglebay – Wheeling, WV) each November. Learn about other professional development schools offered through PRTM on the Oglebay School webpage.


Selected Projects / Grant Funding

  • Tsai, C., Shrestha, A., Ferguson, S., Smith, C., Slocumb, W. & Meentemeyer, R. (2016-2018). Amount: $237,959. Powering Energy Efficiency & Impacts Framework: Mapping a comprehensive energy strategy for the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments Region. Sub-Award of a $477,202 award to the Upper Coastal Plain COG from the US Department of Energy EERE.
  • Meentemeyer, R. & Smith, C. (2015-2017). Amount: $16,173. Phase 6 GIS Database Development for the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (CESU). National Park Service.
  • Meentemeyer, R. & Smith, C. (2014-2015). Amount: $75,000. Federal Lands Transportation Program: Roads GIS Mapping for USACE.
  • Smith, J.W., Slocumb, W., Smith, C.T. & Devine, H.A. (2013-2016). Amount: $114,997. Needs Assessment and Guidance to Define a Clear Vision for a Geospatial Mapping System — to Service the Needs and Opportunities of the National Park Service – Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Branch and Related Programs

Selected Presentations

  • Beedle-Munley, J., Smith and M. Whitlow. Generating Innovative Cost Recovery Tactics, North Carolina Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference. Charlotte, NC. October 2016.
  • Smith, C., Beedle and T. Smith. Visualizing Community Impact: Twenty Years of the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, National Outdoor Recreation Conference, Annapolis, MD. April, 2015.
  • Smith, J. W., W. S. Slocumb and T. Smith. Benchmarking geospatial data management processes used by federal natural resource management agencies. Organized session for the 2014 CESU Network Biennial National Meeting, Shepherdstown, West Virginia. June, 2014.
  • Smith, J. W., W. S. Slocumb, and T. Smith. Developing a geospatial platform for the National Park Service’s Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Branch. Paper presented for the Center for Geospatial Analytics’ Geospatial Analytics and Modeling discussion forum, Raleigh, North Carolina. November 2014.
  • Smith, C. and H. Devine. Data leads to everyone: Creating web maps for engagement. Paper presentation, International Trails Symposium, Scottsdale, AZ. April, 2013.
  • Smith, C. Public participation using geospatial technology in support of recreation resource planning. Paper presentation, National Outdoor Recreation Annual Conference, Traverse City, MI. May, 2013.
  • Smith, C. and H. Devine. GIS development for Overmountain Victory NHT. Presentation of research and final technical report to the Overmountain Victory Trail Association annual meeting, Asheville, NC. January, 2013.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles (Published)

  • Boyina, R., Catts, G., Smith, C., and Devine, H. (2015). “Hydrologic Web-Mapping Application of Hofmann Forest with GIS Approach: Case Study.” Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001285 , E5015006.
  • Smith, J. W., Slocumb, B., Smith, C., & Matney, J. (2015). A needs assessment protocol for designing, developing and deploying unified geospatial data management systems within federal agencies. Journal of Map & Geography Libraries. 11: 226-244.
  • Smith, C., Santucci, D., Xu, S., Cox, A., & Henderson, K.A. (2012). “I love my job, but…:” A narrative analysis of women’s perceptions of their careers in parks and recreation. Journal of Leisure Research.

Book Chapter

  • Smith, C., Walden-Schreiner, C., & Leung, Y.-F. (2016). Participatory GIS in recreation resource planning. In: Baas, J., & Burns, R. (eds.), Outdoor Recreation Planning. Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing.

Technical Reports

  • Smith, C., Tsai and R.K. Meentemeyer. Final Technical Report: Federal Lands Transportation Program Roads GIS Mapping for US Army Corps of Engineers. May 2016.
  • Smith, C. Madison County, NC. Beech Glen: Greater Ivy Community Center and Park Conceptual Plan and Report for proposed park additions and enhancements. Recreation Resource Service, 2016.
  • Smith, C. and H. Devine. Final Technical Report: Phase 5 GIS Database Development for the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, October 2014
  • Smith, J.W., Slocumb, W., Smith, C.T. & Devine, H.A. Final Technical Report: Needs Assessment and Guidance to Define a Clear Vision for a Geospatial Mapping System to Service the Needs and Opportunities of the National Park Service Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Branch and Related Programs. June 2014.

Honors and Awards


  • Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension (AOFEE): inducted to Academy April 2003. Elected to Executive Council for three year term in 2006, served as Chair in 2009
  • NCSU Outstanding Extension Service Award, 2001-2002 – College of Natural Resources: in recognition of dedication and demonstrated achievements in serving the people of North Carolina.
  • NCSU College of Natural Resources University Award for Excellence, 2001: for distinguished and dedicated service to the college and university.


  • American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration (AAPRA) National Best Student Paper Award: awarded every three years in recognition of master’s thesis or undergraduate paper which contributes most to the scholarly literature and improved practice of park and recreation administration.
  • North Carolina Recreators Foundation Fletcher Graduate Scholarship: Selected among graduate students statewide for commitment to the profession for outstanding achievements as a master’s student.
  • Thomas I. Hines Award: for leadership, scholarship and active involvement in the recreation field. Presented by the NCSU Department of Recreation Resources Administration to outstanding seniors in the undergraduate program
  • Rho Phi Lambda: selected for membership in honorary Professional Parks & Recreation Fraternity
  • Xi Sigma Pi: selected for membership in National Forestry Honor Society


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