CSUS Brown Bag Seminar

March 16, 2023 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Natural Resources Building, Room 338

Join the CSUS department for their brown bag seminar series where faculty share about their latest scholarship and research. The seminar will be held in person in Natural Resources Building, Room 338 and online at:
Meeting ID: 977 1523 2159
Passcode: CSUS

March 16th features Dr. Bess Perry's talk entitled "Counters, cameras, and cell phones, oh my! Following the trail toward recreation sustainability."

Consider your favorite place to recreate outdoors. Perhaps it is your everyday haunt, a far flung destination, or somewhere in between. For many, these places are conserved lands and waters, usually some type of public park or protected area. And chances are that other people – and an increasing number of them – love this place for recreation too. How do the managers of these places maintain their environmental integrity while providing for an increasing amount and diversity of outdoor recreation? Conservation agencies often ask social scientists for help addressing this classic conundrum, hoping to gain insight on recreation use types, levels, patterns, and participants to then assess impacts and sustainability considerations. Traditional methods such as surveys and interviews hold enduring appeal, yet are increasingly complemented by alternate, passive ways of understanding, such as trail counters, human behavior cameras, and cell phone location data. In this presentation, I will take you on a road trip to special places for outdoor recreation across the U.S. and highlight how I have used these more novel approaches to help managers with their specific recreation use questions. Taken together, these examples of approaches advance the conversation on sustainability and how we can better steward the places where you recreate too.

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