Transportation and national parks are intimately linked. The inherent complexities of this intersection demand a systematic and informed management approach that extends beyond park boundaries, considers how transportation affects the quality of the visitor experience, and capitalizes on the ways in which transportation can contribute to the sustainability of parks and outdoor recreation. In Sustainable Transportation in the National Parks, twenty-one essays investigate the multiple relationships between transportation and national parks. The final chapter of Sustainable Transportation in the National Parks synthesizes this material into a series of principles to help guide sustainable transportation in the national parks.
"Can transportation help assure protection of our national parks? The hopeful answer in Sustainable Transportation in the National Parks is yes, and indeed, no book in recent memory tops its sincerity or significance. My challenge to decision-makers is no less direct: if you are serious about preservation, a thoughtful reading of this book is a must."
– Alfred Runte, author of Trains of Discovery: Railroads and the Legacy of Our National Parks
"Transportation is vital to Acadia National Park – the iconic Park Loop Road, the innovative Island Explorer bus system, and the network of historic carriage roads. Sustainable Transportation in the National Parks offers a road map of how transportation can help protect park resources and the quality of the visitor experience."
– Sheridan Steele, superintendent, Acadia National Park
TRANSPORTATION IN THE NATIONAL PARKS: AN INTRODUCTION
- Transportation, National Parks, and Outdoor Recreation
- Robert Manning, Steven Lawson, Peter Newman, Jeffrey Hallo, and Christopher Monz
TRANSPORTATION AND RECREATION: ENVIRONMENT AND EXPERIENCE
- Assessment of Road Impacts on Wildlife Populations in U.S. National Parks — Rob Ament, Anthony Clevenger, Olivia Yu, and Amanda Hardy
- Effects of Vehicle Traffic on Wildlife in Denali National Park
- Sherman Burson III, Jerrold Belant, Karen Fortier, and Warren Tomkiewicz III
- Noise and Air Quality Implications of Alternative Transportation Systems at Zion and Acadia National Parks — Christopher Roof, Brian Kim, Gregg Fleming, Joseph Burnstein, and Cynthia Lee
- Resource Conditions in Park Locations Served by Alternative Transportation Systems at Rocky Mountain National Park — Ashley D’Antonio, Christopher Monz, Peter Newman, Steven Lawson, and DerrickTaff
- Transportation Systems as Cultural Landscapes in Yosemite National Park — Yolanda Youngs, David White, and Jill Woodrich
- Measuring and Managing the Quality of Transportation at Acadia National Park — Peter Pettengill, Robert Manning, Laura Anderson, William Valliere, and Nathan Reigner
- Attitudes toward Alternative Transportation Systems in Yosemite and Rocky Mountain National Parks — Derrick Taff, Peter Newman, David Pettebone, David White, Steven Lawson, Christopher Monz, and Wade Vagais
TRANSPORTATION AS A MANAGEMENT TOOL: CAPACITY, MODELING, MODE CHOICE
- Social Carrying Capacity of the Acadia National Park Loop Road — Jeffrey Hallo and Robert Manning
- Modeling the Effects of Shuttle Bus Service on Transportation System Performance and the Visitor Experience in Rocky Mountain National Park — Steven Lawson, Robert Chamberlain, Janet Choi, Ben Swanson, Brett Kiser, Peter Newman, Christopher Monz, David Pettebone, and Lawrence Gamble
- Modeling and Mapping Hikers’ Exposure to Transportation Noise in Rocky Mountain National Park — Logan Park, Steven Lawson, Ken Kaliski, Peter Newman, and Adam Gibson
- Reducing Congestion at Grand Canyon’s South Rim — William Byrne and Jonathan Upchurch
- Visitor Acceptance of a Shuttle Bus System at Great Smoky Mountains National Park — Charles Sims, Donald Hodges, Mark Fly, and Becky Stephens
- Incentives and Disincentives for Day Visitors to Park and Ride Transportation at Acadia National Park — Frank Holly, Jeffrey Hallo, Elizabeth Baldwin, and Fran Mainella
- The Convergence of Transportation, Information Technology, and Visitor Experience at Acadia National Park — John Daigle and Carol Zimmerman
- Estimating Visitor Travel Mode Choices along the Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park — David Pettebone, Peter Newman, Steven Lawson, Leonard Hunt, Christopher Monz, and Jennifer Zwiefka
TRANSPORTATION IN THE NATIONAL PARKS: CASE STUDIES
- An Integrated Study of Road Capacity at Denali National Park — Laura Phillips, Philip Hooge, Thomas Meier, Robert Manning, Jeffrey Hallo, Richard Mace, Ted Morris, John Hourdos, and Max Donath
- Integrating Transportation and Recreation in Yosemite National Park — Bret Meldrum, Henrietta DeGroot, David White, Stacy Tschuor, William Byrne, Nathan Reigner, Brett Kiser, Steven Lawson, Robert Manning, Doug Whittaker, Bo Shelby, and James Bacon
- Cape Cod National Seashore Alternative Transportation Partnership — Laura Anderson and Robert Manning
- Restoring Tranquillity in Zion Canyon — Britton Mace
CONCLUSION: SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION IN THE NATIONAL PARKS
- Emerging Principles of Sustainable Transportation in the National Parks — Robert Manning, Steven Lawson, Peter Newman, Jeffrey Hallo, and Christopher Monz
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Robert Manning is the Steven Rubenstein Professor of Environment and Natural Resources and director of the Park Studies Laboratory at the University of Vermont. Steven Lawson is director of RSG’s Public Lands Planning and Management Services. Peter Newman is professor and head, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University. Jeffrey Hallo is associate professor of park and conservation area management at Clemson University. Christopher Monz is associate professor in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University.