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Lee Cerveny

Dr. Lee Cerveny
Research Social Scientist

400 N. 34th St., Suite 201 Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206-732-7832

Lee Cerveny is an anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic research throughout the United States, particularly Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest. Her early research explored tourism and its effects on human-resource interactions in coastal communities. More recently, her work focuses on: (a) partnerships, planning, and decisionmaking in federal land management agencies; (b) developing a human ecology mapping approach to understand people's connections with public lands and natural resources; (c) understanding values, attitudes, and practices of residents in exurban communities. Dr. Cerveny’s latest work explores the role of natural amenities and public lands in resident decisions to move to exurban communities of the Puget Sound

Research Areas

arrow Human Ecology Mapping This project was developed in collaboration with the Olympic National Forest.  Our goal was to explore how participatory mapping tools could be used to gather information from the public about human-forest interactions on the landscape scale.   We hope to create a protocol that could be used by land and resource managers to gather information useful in forest planning and assessment processes.  Research Partner:  Institute for Culture & Ecology
arrow Forest Service Partnerships This research on Forest Service partnerships was developed in consultation with the National Partnership Office, Washington, DC.  This multi-phased study seeks to identify the types of partners working with the US Forest Service, the diversity of work in which partners are engaged, the structure and function of partnerships, motivations to partner, and the benefits and challenges associated with partnerships.  The study is currently in its third phase, a national survey of 13 national forests.   Research Partner:  Southern Illinois University
arrow Residential Location Decisions at the Urban-Wildland Interface This project focuses on understanding the role of nature and public lands in shaping the values and residential choices of residents at the outer ring of King County (Seattle).  Specifically, we seek to understand the factors that influence people to live in and move to suburban and exurban communities, the role of nature and public lands in their daily decisions, and the diversity of environmental values, attitudes, and behaviors held by suburban and exurban residents.   Research Partner:  Oregon State University
arrow Science, Planning and Decision-making in the Forest Service We have conducted several studies that explore aspects of natural resource planning and decision-making.  One study examined the role of values in resource planning and decision-making for riparian recreation.  Another study investigated the interactions between scientists and managers and the role of scientific information in recreation decision-making.  A third study explored implementation of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and the use of scientific tools and interdisciplinary teams for NEPA projects in recreation and travel management. Research Partners:  University of Washington and Virginia Tech
arrow Tourism and Community Change Tourism is an industry that often sprouts in rural regions rich in natural and cultural resources.  Tourism provides seasonal employment and also has the capacity to alter resident relationships with their communities and the environment.   In 2000-2004, I conducted research on tourism in Southeast Alaska which is host to cruise ships, charter fishing guests, and adventure travelers.   This resulted in several published technical reports, manuscripts, and a book, Nature and Tourists in the Last Frontier (2008).  Tourism remains a research interest, although no current studies are underway.
arrow Cerveny, L. K. 2004. Preliminary research findings from a study of the sociocultural effects of tourism in Haines, Alaska. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-612. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 138 p. View full pdf
arrow Cerveny, L. K. 2005. Tourism and its effects on southeast Alaska communities and resources: Case studies from Haines, Craig, and Hoonah, Alaska. Research Paper PNW-RP-566. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 132 p. View full pdf
arrow Schroeder, R., Cerveny, L.K.; G. Robertson. 2005. Tourism growth in southeast Alaska: Trends, projections and issues. In Mazza, R. and L. Kruger, eds. Social conditions and trends in southeast Alaska.  General Technical Report PNW-GTR-653. Portland, OR. Pp. 45-90. View full pdf
arrow Cerveny, L.K. 2007. Sociocultural effects of tourism in Hoonah, Alaska.  General Technical Report PNW-GTR-734. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 115 p. View full pdf
arrow Cerveny, L.K.  2008. Nature and tourists in the Last Frontier: Local encounters with global tourism in coastal Alaska. Elmsford, NY: Cognizant Communications. 168 p.
arrow Cerveny, L.K.; C.M. Ryan. 2008. Agency capacity for recreation science and management: The case of the U.S. Forest Service. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-757. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 78 p. View full pdf
arrow Cerveny, L.K. 2008. A review of ‘Organ, J.F.; Decker, D.J., Carpenter, L.H.; Siemer, W.F.; S.J. Riley. Thinking like a manager: Reflections on wildlife management. Society and Natural Resources. 21(4): 363-65. (Book Review). View full pdf
arrow Stern, M.J.; Blahna, D.J.; Cerveny, L.K.; M.J. Mortimer. 2009. Visions of success and achievement in recreation-related USDA Forest Service NEPA processes. Environmental Impact Assessment Review. 29: 220-28. View full pdf
arrow Ryan, C.M.; L.K. Cerveny.  2010. Science exchange in an era of diminished agency capacity: Recreation management in the U.S. Forest Service. The American Review of Public Administration. 40 (5): 593-616. View full pdf
arrow Seekamp, E.; L.K. Cerveny. 2010. Conceptualizations of interactions between partners and the U.S. Forest Service. In Watts, C.E., Jr.; C.L. Fisher, (Eds.). Pp. 105-111. Proceedings of the 2009 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-66. Newtown Square, PA: Northern Research Station. View full pdf
arrow Seekamp, E.; L.K. Cerveny. 2010. Examining U.S. Forest Service recreation partnerships: Institutional and relational interactions. Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration 28(4):1-14. View full pdf
arrow Mortimer, M.J., M.J. Stern, R.W. Malmsheimer, D.J. Blahna, L.K. Cerveny, D.N. Seesholtz. 2011. Environmental and social risks: Defensive National Environmental Policy Act in the U.S. Forest Service. Journal of Forestry.  109(1): 27-33. View full pdf
arrow Freeman, J.W.; Stern, M.J.; Mortimer, M.J.; Blahna, D.J.; L.K. Cerveny. 2011. Collaboration and leadership in project-level teams in the U.S. Forest Service. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 54(5): 597-615. View full pdf
arrow Cerveny, L.K.; Blahna D.J.; Stern, M.J.; Mortimer, M.J.; Predmore, A.; J. W. Freeman. 2011. Forest Service interdisciplinary teams: Size, composition, and leader characteristics. Journal of Forestry. 109(4): 201-07. View full pdf
arrow Schmallegger, D.; Harwood, S.; Cerveny, L.K. and D. Mueller. 2011. Chapter 15: Remote area tourist populations and their impact on local capital development. In Carson, D.; Taylor, A.; Rasmussen, R.; Ensign, P.; Huskey, L.; A. Taylor. (Eds.). Demography at the edge: Remote human populations in developed nations. Pp. 271-288.  Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
arrow Charnley, S.; L.K. Cerveny. 2011. USDA Forest Service experimental forests and ranges: An untapped resource for social science. Journal of Forestry. 109 (6): 313-320. View full pdf
arrow Cerveny, L.C.; Blahna, D.J.; Stern, M.J.; Mortimer, M.J.; Predmore, A.; J. Freeman.  2011. The use of recreation planning tools in Forest Service NEPA assessments. Environmental Management. 48(3): 644-57. View full pdf
arrow Ryan, C.M.; L.K. Cerveny. 2011. Wildand fire science for management: Federal fire manager information needs, sources and uses. Western Journal of Applied Forestry. 26(3): 126-132. View full pdf
arrow McCreary, A.E.; Seekamp, E.; L.K. Cerveny. (In press.) Recreation partnerships on National Forests: The influence of institutional commitment and urban proximity on agency capacity. Proceedings of the 2010 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. GTR NE-XXX. Newtown Square, PA: Northern Research Station. View full pdf
arrow Seekamp, E.; L.K. Cerveny, A.; McCreary. 2011.  Institutional, Individual, and Socio-Cultural Domains of Partnerships: A Typology of USDA Forest Service Recreation Partners.  Environmental Management. 48(3): 615-30. View full pdf
Links to Podcasts and Websites

Cerveny, L.K. 2009.  Profiles in practice podcast:  Anthropology in the U.S. Forest Service. American Anthropology Association.  (December 18, 2009).



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