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TriangleHumanHow do we accommodate increasing use of national parks and protect visitor experiences and sensitive park ecosystems at the same time?

Do different ethnic and cultural groups experience the outdoors differently and what are the implications for recreation and tourism managers?

What happens when greenway visitors (and their pets) collide with adjacent landowners?

Can we really leave nothing behind but footprints?

How do people experience recreation in natural versus human-built environments?

Do national parks contribute to our Nation’s health?

How will a changing climate impact disaster planning in coastal tourism destinations?
PRTM researchers working in the area of Human Dimensions of Built and Natural Environments address questions that will help solve societal grand challenges. Their research explores – how climate change affects park use and community economic sustainability, how to balance our enjoyment of our wilderness areas with the impact left behind by visitors, what challenges arise when farmers offers school tours or a forest landowner welcomes hunt clubs or birdwatchers, how federal and state agencies should respond to changing demographics and so much more. The resulting knowledge has major implications for policies which influence sustainable land use, climate change, social justice, community development, and the quality of all our lives.

Why does it matter?

Because it’s OUR environment and the size of our footprint DOES make a difference.

Learn more about Human Dimensions of Built & Natural Environments Research

Graduate Faculty Engaged in Research in this Area

Bethany CuttsYu-Fai LeungErin Seekamp, Kathryn Stevenson, Jelena Vukomanovic