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Charlynne Smith

Director - Recreation Resources Service

Biltmore Hall (Robertson Wing) 3024B

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Charlynne Smith is the Director of Recreation Resources Service (RRS), a technical advisory program created to assist North Carolina communities in the provision of parks, recreation and leisure services. The RRS Team leads field administration of the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) and Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant programs for NC.

Smith’s education is in recreation administration, natural and cultural resource management with additional training in supervision, leadership and geospatial sciences. She brings over 30 years of experience in park and natural resource management having served as a park ranger, historic interpreter, researcher and educator. She has worked for NC State University’s College of Natural Resources since 1997, where she served in positions for both the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) and the Center for Geospatial Analytics. These experiences led to expanded inquiry through doctoral research, focusing on participatory geographic information systems for resource management, planning and the stakeholder communication process. This work includes data visualization, and place based decision-making through experiential applications.

In 2018, Smith was selected as Director of Recreation Resources Service (RRS), a partnership between PRTM and the NC Division of Parks and Recreation. In this position she leads a team to deliver technical assistance in the provision of parks, recreation and leisure services across North Carolina.


NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • Ph.D. Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (2017)
    • Specialization: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Application of Geospatial Technologies for Natural and Cultural Resource Management
      Dissertation: Adoption and Implementation of Participatory GIS Technologies in Resource Management Networks: A Study of the U.S. National Trails System
  • Master of  Science: Natural Resources (1997)
    • Concentration: Spatial Information Science
    • Minor concentration: Landscape Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science: Recreation Resources Administration (1988)
    • Concentration: Program Management

Certification:  Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP)

Fellow:  Natural Resources Leadership Institute (2010)


Date: 07/01/17 - 6/30/26
Amount: $5,538,530.00
Funding Agencies: NC Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources formerly NC Dept of Env. & Natural Resources (DENR)

The Recreation Resources Service (RRS) is established for the specific purpose of providing assistance to public and private segments of the leisure service industry within North Carolina. Clientele of the program include: municipal and county park and recreation departments, nonprofit agencies, private recreation agencies, recreation consumer groups, and recreation and park board and commission members. RRS provides timely,cutting edge technical assistance to improve community park and recreation opportunities, sponsors a variety of continuing education opportunities addressing current issues facing park and recreation professionals, conducts applied research studies, and assist communities with state and federal park and recreation grants.

Date: 06/02/23 - 6/30/25
Amount: $196,865.00
Funding Agencies: NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Research team will work with RRS and NC State Parks to collect visitor use and count data for the State Parks Vehicle Study that occurs every five years. We will augment this data with intercept surveys in selected state parks to paint a more holistic picture of state park-based visitation and recreation outcomes.

Date: 10/01/18 - 9/30/23
Amount: $68,492.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Interior (DOI)

Phase 7: CESU GIS Database Development for the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) involves expanding geospatial data relative to the OVNHT Trail and Corridor through collaboration with trail partners and resource conservation agencies. This phase will review the entire OVNHT corridor for accuracy of protected trail segments and identify managing entities. The resulting inventory will inform trail managers of level of protection and provide a more accurate number of protected miles in an updated spatial database.

Date: 09/19/13 - 5/31/17
Amount: $141,295.00
Funding Agencies: US National Park Service

The purpose of this project is to facilitate the development of a unified framework for the NPS Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Division and related programs to guide establishment of a geospatial platform and consistent approach to the collection, organization, display, and communication of program and project data/information from across the breadth of work supported by NPS outside park units. This collaborative effort will engage and have direct utility for decision makers in the NPS, in partner non-profit organizations, and in state and local government.

Date: 08/17/15 - 3/31/17
Amount: $16,173.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Interior (DOI)

Phase 6 GIS Database Development for the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) involves expanding geospatial data relative to the OVNHT Trail and Corridor through collaboration with trail partners and resource conservation agencies. NCSU will develop and test protocols for compiling conservation parcel and government parcel data within the 1-mile OVNHT historic route corridor for creation of a database and recommend methodology to automate routinization of data updates, including calculations to measure protected areas within the trail corridor.

Date: 09/01/14 - 2/29/16
Amount: $75,000.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)

The purpose of this program is to provide a research grant to support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Recreation Program in testing their GIS data model and develop processes for acquiring transportation GIS and attribute data on a nationwide basis. The objectives of this project are to: 1) Produce line geometry in a GIS system compatible with ArcGIS USACE Water Resource Projects. Existing linear geometry resources, aerial/satellite imagery, remote sensing or other technologies may be used to identify roadways that lie within the USACE federal boundary; 2) Add an attribute table that reflects the USACE Data Model/FHWA minimum requirements and where possible add data that reflect the transportation asset; 3) Participate in USACE facilitated web meetings to ground truth the GIS work done to date and add attribute data; 4) Provide a report documenting methodology used and make recommendations for future mapping efforts; and 5) Provide GIS data layers for road sand parking with associated attribute tables.

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