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College of Natural Resources

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Roger Moore

Associate Professor

Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Biltmore Hall (Robertson Wing) 4008L



The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.  Ph.D. 1991

  • Recreation and Parks

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.  M.S.  1987

  • Recreation Resources

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.  B.S. 1979

  • Business Administration

Current Research Interests

Dr. Moore’s major research and scholarly interests lie in the areas of outdoor recreation and human dimensions of natural resources management. Specialized interests focus on outdoor recreation behavior, trails and greenways, partnerships and volunteerism.

Current Assignment

Dr. Moore conducts research and teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. He had a one-year sabbatical with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) coordinating the Appalachian Trail Environmental MEGA-Transect program in 2008 & 2009.  This one-of-a-kind effort is establishing the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and the public lands around it as a major environmental monitoring corridor and indicator of the environmental health of the Eastern U.S.  The Appalachian Trail Park Office, ATC, National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program, and other partners will use the A.T. Environmental MEGA-Transect program to monitor, understand and respond to changes in the environment.  For more information click here.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Outdoor Recreation Management (PRT 350)
  • Outdoor Recreation Behavior (PRT 550)
  • Outdoor Recreation Consortium (PRT 351/610A) – Spring field experience in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment (PRT 449 & 450) – Summer study abroad course in Queensland, Australia.

Selected Presentations

Moore, R. L. & Zeck, A. (2010, November).  Why trails really matter: Placing the benefits of trails into a broader context.  20th National Trails Symposium.  Chattanooga, TN.  November 14-17, 2010.

Moore, R. L. & Smith, J. W. (2010, October). Military training on the Appalachian Trail: Participant attitudes and perceptions. Paper presented at the Society of American Foresters’ (SAF) National Convention, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Smith, J. W. Moore, R. L. (2010, September).  Demand for Fly-Fishing on the Green River: Incorporating Place Attachment and Site Perceptions into a Travel-Cost Analysis.  Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference, Estes Park, CO.

Smith, J. W., Siderelis, C., & Moore, R. L. (2010, June). Social-psychological factors influencing recreation demand: Evidence from two recreational rivers. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Sustainable Resource Management (ISSRM), Corpus Christi, Texas.

Smith, J. W., Anderson, D. H., Moore, R. L. (2010, May). The Role of Social Capital in Coastal Communities’ Resilience to Climate Change. Paper presented at the 2010 Challenges for Natural Resource Economics and Policy Conference (the 3rd National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems), New Orleans, Louisiana.

Smith, J. W., & Moore, R. L. (2010, April). Place attachment and recreation demand on the West Branch of the Farmington River. Paper presented at the Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium (NERR), Bolton Landing, New York.

Moore, A., Clayton, P.H. & Moore, R. L. (2010, March). Reflection as a learning tool in a nature-based study abroad course. Presentation at the University Educators in Natural Resources, Blacksburg, VA.

Smith, J. W., Moore, R. L., & Siderelis, C. (2010, February). The effects of motivations, river conditions, and hypothetical permitting procedures on recreation behavior. Paper presented at the Southeastern Recreation Research Symposium (SERR), Greenville, South Carolina.

Tarrant, M. A., Borrie, W. T., Kyle, G. T. & Moore, R. L. (2009, October).  Educational Travel and Global Citizenship.  2009 NRPA Leisure Research Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Smith, J. W., Siderelis, C., Moore, R. L., & Fletcher, F. (2009, July). The effects of place attachment, hypothetical site modifications, and use levels on recreation behavior. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Sustainable Resource Management (ISSRM), Vienna, Austria.

Wellman, J. D, Dustin, D., Henderson, K., & Moore, R. L. (October, 2008).  Service Living:  Building Community through Public Parks and Recreation. National Recreation and Parks Association Annual Congress, Baltimore, MD.

Floyd, M. F., Henderson, K., Bocarro, J. N., Casper, J., Moore, R., Kanters, M. A., Laven, K., & Edwards, M. B. (2008).  Assessing the potential of park and recreation agencies to promote active living policies: Insights from a survey of North Carolina municipal park and recreation directors.  Active Living Research Conference.  Washington, D.C.

Bocarro, J. N., Henderson, K., Floyd, M. F., Edwards, M. B., Casper, J., Moore, R., & Kanters, M. A. (2008).  Park and recreation director’s perceptions of community based physical activity.  2008 NRPA Leisure Research Abstracts, Baltimore, MD.

Scott, D., Lee, J. & Moore, R. L. (2008). Role of Gender and Level of Specialization in Predicting Motives among Birdwatchers 12th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research Montreal May 13-16.

James, B., Justice, D., Clark, A., Fletcher, F., & Moore, R. L. (2008, February).  Users and Uses of an Artificial Indoor Rock Climbing Facility.  Southeastern Recreation Research Conference, Savannah, GA.  February 24–26, 2008.

Selected Projects/Grant Funding

2010-2011 National Science Foundation Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Program – The Role of Social Capital in Climate Change Adaptation (Co-PI with Jordan Smith)

2010-2015 McIntire-Stennis Program – Outdoor Recreation Behavior, Community Attitudes, and Perceived Benefits of Natural Resource-Based Recreation (Co-PI with Dorothy Anderson and Christos Siderelis)

2008-2009 USDOI National Park Service Centennial Challenge Initiative and Appalachian Trail Conservancy – Coordination of the Appalachian Trail environmental MEGA-Transect Program (Principal Investigator).

2006-2011  USDOI Bureau of Land Management, Pinedale, Wyoming – Use and Users of the Upper Green River.

2005-2007  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Jordan Institute for Families and U.S. Department of Defense – Mobilizing Recreation and Parks Involvement for the Citizen-Soldier Support Program.

Awards Professional Activities

Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Stewardship Council 2012-present

Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Nominating Committee member for Board of Directors, 2010-2011.

College of Natural Resources recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2007.

College of Natural Resources nominee for NCSU Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor in 2005

2003-2005 NCSU Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor


Roger is an avid outdoorsman and traveler who spends as much time as possible in the wild.  He is especially fond of the Appalachian Trail and is active in its management, serving on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Board of Directors from 2005 through 2008.


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