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ID: 101
A High-Tech Adventure Game of Hide and Seek

Geocaching invites a technologically savvy public into nature

Principal Investigator : Deborah Chavez

Outdoor Recreation2012PSW

ID: 272
Aiding Visitation Management in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The unique wilderness of Boundary Waters Canoe Area draws over 250,000 visitors annually, making it one of the most popular wilderness areas in ...

Principal Investigator : Cindy S. Swanson

Outdoor Recreation2010RMRS

ID: 102
Americans and Greeks Experience Similar Benefits from Recreation in Forests

Data show recreational uses of forest lands are psychologically and socially important

Principal Investigator : Jim Absher

Outdoor Recreation2012PSW

ID: 273
Catalyzing Human Behavior in Support of Monitoring Recreation Impacts on Wildlife

Surprising successes have been achieved in the first year of a pilot project examining how humans, lynx and wolverine use winter recreation area ...

Principal Investigator : William Block

Outdoor Recreation2010RMRS

ID: 354
Community Environmentalism

Findings suggest that ethnically diverse publics may find motivation for environmentalism through a commitment to social action that serves thei ...

Principal Investigator : Pat Winter

Outdoor Recreation2011PSW

ID: 37
Comprehensive Manual for Identification of Rare Truffle Fungi



Principal Investigator : Michael Castellano

Wildlife and Fish
Outdoor Recreation
2012NRS

ID: 329
Culturally Appropriate Conservation Education for the Hmong American Community

Forest Service researchers produced a conservation education DVD in partnership with the Hmong community titled The Wildlife and Wilderness Expl ...

Principal Investigator : David N. Bengston

Outdoor Recreation
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2011NRS

ID: 51
Forest For Every Classroom Engages Students in Environmental Topics

Building a network for place-based environmental education in Wisconsin

Principal Investigator : Barbara McGuinness

Invasive Species
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2012NRS

ID: 54
From World's Largest Landfill to New York City's Newest Park

The story of the restoration of Fresh Kills Salt Marsh, Staten Island, NY

Principal Investigator : Lindsay Campbell

Resource Management and Use
Outdoor Recreation
2012NRS

ID: 204
Housing Growth In and Near Protected Areas

NRS researcher Susan Stewart and cooperators at the University of Wisconsin and Oregon State University analyzed housing data from 1940 to 2030, ...

Principal Investigator : Susan I. Stewart

Outdoor Recreation2010NRS

ID: 202
Models for Ecological Restoration in Urban Areas: Lessons From the USA and Europe

NRS researchers Paul Gobster and Lynne Westphal and a German colleague, Matthias Gross, analyzed urban restoration projects and developed severa ...

Principal Investigator : Lynne M. Westphal

Outdoor Recreation2010NRS

ID: 348
Moving Field Guides: Learning ecology through dance

Children in Baltimore, MD, are working with Forest Service researchers and the Dance Exchange, a professional dance company, to turn their obser ...

Principal Investigator : Mark Twery

Outdoor Recreation2011NRS

ID: 231
Multiple Studies Improve Understanding, Measurement, and Transfer of Knowledge of Recreation, Quality Of Life, and Health

PSW scientists contributed to an increased understanding of the link between recreation, quality of life, and health. Visitor constraints to phy ...

Principal Investigator : Armando Gonzalez-Caban

Outdoor Recreation2010PSW

ID: 264
National Survey on Recreation and the Environment

The National Kids Survey (NKS), a companion survey to the National Survey of Recreation and the Environment (NSRE), focuses on youth 6 to 19 yea ...

Principal Investigator : Ken Cordell

Outdoor Recreation2010SRS

ID: 419
Natural Lands and Future Rural Migration

People of the U.S. move frequently, and they move for many reasons. One reason of growing importance is to live in places with natural landscape ...

Principal Investigator : Ken Cordell

Outdoor Recreation2011SRS

ID: 368
Nature Education

A better understanding will improve the effectiveness of nature educations programs such as the U.S. Forest Service, Kids in the Woods.A study t ...

Principal Investigator : Jim Absher

Outdoor Recreation2011PSW

ID: 192
Panama Eco-park: a Protected Urban Forest

A consortium of Panamanian natural resource management agencies have been developing Eco-Park to increase eco-tourism. Forest Service scientists ...

Principal Investigator : Peter Weaver

Outdoor Recreation2010IITF

ID: 420
Partnering to Support Better Recreation Policy and Management Analysis

For over 30 years the Forest Service and the Recreation Research Unit in Athens, Georgia have been recognized leaders in partnering to address n ...

Principal Investigator : Ken Cordell

Outdoor Recreation2011SRS

ID: 203
Perceptions of Crime and its Impacts on the Use of Urban Parks by Latino Residents

NRS scientist Paul Gobster examined how the perceptions of Latino residents in two inner-city Chicago neighborhoods affected their use of outdoo ...

Principal Investigator : Paul H. Gobster

Outdoor Recreation2010NRS

ID: 193
Preserving the nighttime environment for future generations in Puerto Rico

Currently, Forest Service scientists are helping to monitor the state and extent of artificial light pollution in Puerto Rico. Scientists are cu ...

Principal Investigator : Olga Ramos

Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2010IITF

ID: 366
Public Trust and Conservation

Findings help improve Forest Service efforts to communicate ecosystem risks and to encourage actions that protect natural resources.Trust in the ...

Principal Investigator : Pat Winter

Outdoor Recreation2011PSW

ID: 144
Recreation and Protected Lands in the United States



Principal Investigator : Ken Cordell

Outdoor Recreation2012SRS

ID: 53
Report Details Trends and Current Conditions for Northern Forests

Overarching issues include the interaction of forests and people, managing invasive species, sustaining biodiversity, and sustaining capacity fo ...

Principal Investigator : Stephen R. Shifley

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
2012NRS

ID: 127
Risk Analysis Prioritizes Investments in Hazardous Fuels Reduction

Scientists mitigate the adverse impacts of wildland fires

Principal Investigator : Matthew Thompson

Outdoor Recreation
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2012RMRS

ID: 56
Scholars Program Welcomes Youth into the World of Nature

Alleviating nature deficit disorder in the youth of Wisconsin's Northwoods

Principal Investigator : Ronald S. Zalesny Jr.

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Outdoor Recreation
2012NRS

ID: 146
School Children Explore the World of Forest Science



Principal Investigator : Kier Klepzig

Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
2012SRS

ID: 122
Scientists Conserve the Seeds of Today To Propagate the Best Adapted Plants of Tomorrow

Project is aimed at restoring damaged grasslands, shrublands, and deserts

Principal Investigator : Nancy Shaw

Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2012RMRS

ID: 108
Scientists Study Endangered Mexican Spotted Owl

Research provides information useful to managers charged with conserving and restoring Mexican spotted owls and their habitat

Principal Investigator : Joseph Ganey

Outdoor Recreation
Wildlife and Fish
2012RMRS

ID: 328
Street-Level Views of Climate Change

Forest Service researchers and partners interviewed residents of two Chicago neighborhoods about their awareness of climate change and their own ...

Principal Investigator : Lynne M. Westphal

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Invasive Species
Outdoor Recreation
2011NRS

ID: 60
Study Assesses Public Access to Private Land for Recreation Purposes

Scientists review opportunities, constraints, and possibilities for relieving recreational pressure on public lands

Principal Investigator : Stephanie Snyder

Outdoor Recreation2012NRS

ID: 137
Study Projects Outdoor Recreation Levels in the United States to 2060

Changes in climate, socioeconomic conditions, and land use, along with population growth will affect future outdoor recreation activity in the U ...

Principal Investigator : Michael Bowker

Outdoor Recreation2012SRS

ID: 139
Updated Computer Model Helps Managers Better Estimate Visitation to Camp Sites

Model simulates travel patterns for 11,000 groups in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Principal Investigator : Alan Watson

Outdoor Recreation2012RMRS

ID: 126
Wilderness Fellows Program Engages Youth in Federal Land Management

Program helps agencies develop a baseline assessment of wilderness character and integrate that character in wilderness planning, management, an ...

Principal Investigator : Peter Landres

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2012RMRS