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Participatory mapping in Browns Canyon National Monument, Colorado (USA)Author(s): John Harner; Lee Cerveny; Rebecca Gronewold
Source: Case Studies in the Environment
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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Interactive mapping process highlights values and visitor use in Browns Canyon National Monument
DescriptionNatural resource managers need up-to-date information about how people interact with public lands and the meanings these places hold for use in planning and decision-making. This case study explains the use of public participatory Geographic Information System (GIS) to generate and analyze spatial patterns of the uses and values people hold for the Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado. Participants drew on maps and answered questions at both live community meetings and online sessions to develop a series of maps showing detailed responses to different types of resource uses and landscape values. Results can be disaggregated by interaction types, different meaningful values, respondent characteristics, seasonality, or frequency of visit. The study was a test for the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service, who jointly manage the monument as they prepare their land management plan. If the information generated is as helpful throughout the entire planning process as initial responses seem, this protocol could become a component of the Bureau’s planning tool kit.
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CitationHarner, John; Cerveny, Lee; Gronewold, Rebecca. 2017. Participatory mapping in Browns Canyon National Monument, Colorado (USA). Case Studies in the Environment. https://doi.org/10.1525/cse.2017.000661.
KeywordsPPGIS, public engagement, resource planning, social science.
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