Lee K. Cerveny
Research Social Scientist
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Current ResearchHomelessness and Non-recreational Camping on National Forests and Grasslands. A survey of law enforcement officers in 2015 revealed interesting patterns in residential use of national forests and grasslands. Long-term encampments have implications for the biophysical environment as well as the social environment. Cleaning up sites after extended use requires significant resources. Research Partners: Oregon State University; San Jose State University.
Forest Collaboratives as Enduring Forms of Resource Governance. Over the past 20 years, there has been a proliferation of community-based collaborative groups throughout the western US. Federal, tribal, state, and local agencies as well as non-governmental organizations are forming collaboratives to address resource needs at multiple scales. Two studies are underway to explore the structure and function of forest collaboratives. One study examines forest collaboratives in Oregon, Washington and Idaho to understand the relationship between formal governance mechanisms and collaborative success. A second study examines social networks and community capacity in forest collaboratives in the Blue Mountains region of Oregon. Research Partners: Oregon State University Extension; Portland State University.
Human Ecology Mapping. This body of work explores how socio-spatial tools can be developed to collect information about human values, land uses, and forest benefits for use in forest planning. We began this work on the Olympic National Forest in Washington with a participatory mapping project to understand human-forest interactions on the landscape scale. We also helped the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest develop a protocol for collecting public use data on priority forest roads and destinations. A current project focuses on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests where we are developing a tool for gathering public information about special forest places. Research Partner: Portland State University, Institute for Sustainable Solutions.
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.
Science, Planning and Decision-making in the Forest Service. Several studies have explored 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. Two current studies investigate the role of social science information in forest planning. Research Partners: University of Washington; Virginia Tech University; Portland State University.
Natural resource governance, recreation and human use planning for public land management agencies, the public health benefits of public lands
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.
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: North Carolina State University.
- Syracuse University, Ph.D. Anthropology 2004
- Northern Arizona University, M.A. Anthropology 1993
- Dartmouth College, B.A. History 1987
Awards & Recognition
- Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE), 2010
Executive Office of the President of the United States, Office of Science and Technology
Featured Publications & Products
- Seekamp, Erin; Cerveny, Lee K. 2010. Conceptualization Of Interactions Between Partners And The U.S. Forest Service.
- Stern, Mac J.; Blahna, Dale J.; Cerveny, Lee K.; Mortimer, Michael J. 2009. Visions Of Success And Achievement In Recreation-Related Usda Forest Service Nepa Processes.
- Cerveny, Lee K.; Ryan, Clare M. 2008. Agency Capacity For Recreation Science And Management: The Case Of The U.S. Forest Service..
- Cerveny, Lee K. 2007. Sociocultural Effects Of Tourism In Hoonah, Alaska..
- Cerveny, Lee K. 2005. Tourism And Its Effects On Southeast Alaska Communities And Resources: Case Studies From Haines, Craig, And Hoonah, Alaska..
- Donovan, Geoffrey H.; Cerveny, Lee K.; Gatziolis, Demetrios. 2016. If You Build It, Will They Come.
- Pringle, Richard J.; Cerveny, Lee K.; Bradley, Gordon A. 2015. Implementation Of The Forest Service Open Space Conservation Strategy In Washington State: Exploring The Role Of The National Forest System.
- Besser, Diane T.; McLain, Rebecca; Cerveny, Lee K.; Biedenweg, Kelly; Banis, David. 2014. Mapping Landscape Values: Issues, Challenges And Lessons Learned From Fieldwork On The Olympic Peninsula, Washington.
- McLain, Rebecca; Poe, Melissa R.; Biedenweg, Kelly; Cerveny, Lee K.; Besser, Diane; Blahna, Dale J. 2013. Making Sense Of Human Ecology Mapping: An Overview Of Approaches To Integrating Socio-Spatial Data Into Environmental Planning.
- Tilt, Jenna H.; Cerveny, Lee. 2013. Master-Planned In Exurbia: Examining The Drivers And Impacts Of Master-Planned Communities At The Urban Fringe.
- McCreary, Allie E.; Seekamp, Erin; Cerveny, Lee. 2012. Recreation Partnerships On National Forests: The Influences Of Institutional Commitment And Urban Proximity On Agency Capacity.
- Trusty, Teressa; Cerveny, Lee K. 2012. The Role Of Discretion In Recreation Decision-Making By Resource Professionals In The Usda Forest Service.
- Mortimer, Michael J.; Stern, Marc J.; Malmsheimer, Robert W.; Blahna, Dale J.; Cerveny, Lee K.; Seesholtz, David N. 2011. Environmental And Social Risks: Defensive National Environmental Policy Act In The Us Forest Service.
- Cerveny, Lee K.; Blahna, Dale J.; Stern, Marc J.; Mortimer, Michael J.; Freeman, James W. 2011. Forest Service Interdisciplinary Teams: Size, Composition, And Leader Characteristics.
- Seekamp, Erin; Cerveny, Lee K.; McCreary, Allie. 2011. Institutional, Individual, And Socio-Cultural Domains Of Partnerships: A Typology Of Usda Forest Service Recreation Partners.
- Freeman, James W.; Stern, Marc J.; Mortimer, Michael; Blahna, Dale J.; Cerveny, Lee K. 2011. Interdisciplinary Collaboration Within Project-Level Nepa Teams In The Us Forest Service.
- Cerveny, Lee K.; Blahna, Dale J.; Stern, Marc J.; Mortimer, Michael J.; Predmore, S. Andrew; Freeman, James. 2011. The Use Of Recreation Planning Tools In U.S. Forest Service Nepa Assessments.
- Charnley, Susan; Cerveny, Lee K. 2011. Us Forest Service Experimental Forests And Ranges: An Untapped Resource For Social Science.
- Seekamp, Erin; Cerveny, Lee K. 2010. Examining Usda Forest Service Recreation Partnerships: Institutional And Relational Interactions.
- Ryan, Clare M.; Cerveny, Lee K. 2010. Science Exchange In An Era Of Diminished Capacity: Recreation Management In The U.S. Forest Service.
- Cerveny, Lee K. 2004. Preliminary Research Findings From A Study Of The Sociocultural Effects Of Tourism In Haines, Alaska..
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