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The U.S. Geological Survey's Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (GCMRC) is the science provider for the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program. In this role, the research center provides the public and decision makers with relevant scientific information about the status and trends of natural, cultural, and recreational resources found in those portions of Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area affected by Glen Canyon Dam operations.
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Typically in the sociology literature, identity is said to coalesce around work or the family. However, some authors argue that leisure pursuits may be central to the individual's identity. This perspective is addressed in the recreation literature by such concepts as specialization and commitment. "Specialization" or "commitment" refers to the process through which a person invests enough time and money in a particular recreation activity that the activity eventually permeates all aspects of one's lifestyle, including one's identity and social world membership. Though researchers have posited the importance of recreation to the specialist's lifestyle decisions, none has actually investigated the influence of recreation...
While tourism is currently one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the world, it presents serious logistical challenges to rural communities who have used it or hope to use it for their economic betterment. This study examines how three intermountain west communities (Sun Valley, ID; Jackson, WY; and Moab, UT) have transitioned from natural resource-dependent economies to globally recognized tourist destinations. This study shows how changing circumstances have led to changes in community priorities, which are reflected in the policies and strategies they adopt to address the concerns brought to light as they have entered each new stage of development. It is through the identification of common or inevitable...
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This feature class includes monitoring data collected nationally to understand the status, condition, and trend of resources on BLM lands. Data are collected in accordance with the BLM Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Strategy. The AIM Strategy specifies a probabilistic sampling design, standard core indicators and methods, electronic data capture and management, and integration with remote sensing. Attributes include the BLM aquatic core indicators: pH, conductivity, temperature, pool depth, length, frequency, streambed particles sizes, bank stability and cover, floodplain connectivity, large woody debris, macroinvertebrate biological integrity, ocular estimates of vegetative type, cover, and structure...
Despite the monumental body of work given to "why communities act," there is still clarification needed regarding the role that social networks have on the planning process, specifically whether projects reach the implementation stage. Recently, many have hailed social capital as a resource that is available to communities to achieve community action projects. This study explored how different forms of community social capital and other variables have influenced the implementation of two trail planning projects in Moab, Utah. Results indicated that bridging social capital in the form of vertical ties between community entities is the undercurrent of the planning process. Other commonly cited barriers to trail planning...


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