Visual Impacts In Parks: Jet Contrails in Denali National Park

We can use simulated ranges of conditions to learn about visitor preferences.  Below, I show a series of images I developed to depict one potential aesthetic impact to wilderness recreation.  It is a nice, reliable, quantitative, repeatable technique for basing difficult and controversial management decisions on data.  Often used in people per viewscape/shed (PPV) and people at one time (PAOT) crowding measures. Not sure how it works for protecting your park, forest or refuge? Contact my research group. ZERO CONTRAILS VISIBLE   FEW CONTRAILS VISIBLE   SOME CONTRAILS VISIBLE   MORE CONTRAILS VISIBLE   MANY CONTRAILS VISIBLE   VERY MANY CONTRAILS VISIBLE   Pretty cool, huh?

Enhancing visual research with computer animation: A study of crowding-related standards of quality for the loop road at Acadia National Park

Attached is a presentation for a research project I developed with my colleagues and friends at the UVM Park Studies Lab.  Great project using computer animation to simulate a range of visitor experiences along Acadia National Park's Ocean Drive loop road.  You can use associated video clips in the same way that simulated photos are used to depict crowding conditions at parks and other protected areas.   Not sure how it works?  Contact my research group. Enhancing visual research with computer animation: A study of crowding-related standards of quality for the loop road at Acadia National Park Instructions for producing this sort of computer animation are here; I constructed them when I was a graduate student: Animating Vehicle Scenes in Poser

Measuring Soil Loss/Erosion on Trails

Erosion at Haleakala National ParkSoil erosion is a major concern in parks, wilderness areas, forests and other protected areas devoted to recreation. As a primary effect of over-intensive recreation and historic land use, erosion is a perennial target for management efforts. Measuring soil erosion along a trail is a fairly straightforward process, but requires careful bookkeeping-- the field staff generate tons of data. To get an idea of the process, take a look at a tool I've developed to aid in cross sectional area (CSA) soil loss measurement. Like any tool, it can be misused without proper instruction. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Disclaimer aside, enjoy-- CSA Calculator Power Tool If you like it, I'd really appreciate a link to this post on your website. Suggestions for powertool improvement are always welcome. Logan