Scientists & Staff
Cherie LeBlanc Fisher
People and Their Environments: Social Science Supporting Natural Resource Management and Policy
1033 University Place, Suite 360
Evanston, IL 60201-3172
Phone: 847-866-9311 x14
I have diverse interests and this is reflected in the range of projects that I work on. For the Chicago region STEW-MAP (Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project, http://stewmap.cnt.org/), I am analyzing survey data from over 400 environmental stewardship groups that do ecological monitoring, environmental education, and conservation and restoration work. This includes information about how the groups are structured, where they work, what they do, and how they network with each other. In 2014, along with other members of the research team, I will be talking with environmental stewardship leaders from across the region about how we can make the project maps and other data more useful to them.
I am actively involved in the northwest Indiana Urban Waters partnership (www.urbanwaters.gov/nwi/), an alliance of federal, state, and local government agencies, nonprofits, and other stakeholders that work together to identify priorities and projects for local waterways. Through Urban Waters, I have been helping the National Park Service conduct an environmental assessment of the Little Calumet River within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore park. I also work with the northwest Indiana Septic System Awareness Work Group to develop strategies for encouraging homeowners to properly maintain their septic systems in order to protect local waterways from contamination.
I provide research support to other Forest Service social scientists as needed, including helping with study design, paperwork, data analysis, and writing up research summaries for our website. I serve in an advisory capacity for the Regional Trees Initiative (Tree Planting and Stewardship Team) and the Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure Vision Task Force.
I am fascinated by the complex relationship between urban people and urban nature (including trees). I also have longstanding interests in urban ecology (how natural systems function in urban and suburban areas) and green infrastructure (using trees and other plants strategically to help with stormwater management, air pollution removal, soil erosion control, etc.).
Why This Research is Important
Natural areas in cities may not qualify as perfect, pristine Nature but trees and small patches of park or prairie or water can be enormously important to urban people and urban wildlife. This is especially true in places like the Calumet region of southeast Chicago and northwest Indiana where industry has historically dominated the landscape. I am pleased to be able to contribute to research that deepens our understanding of how people use urban parks and natural areas and how urban green spaces contribute to our health and well-being.
- Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, M.E.M. (Master of Environmental Management) Urban Ecology concentration,
- Mount Holyoke College, B.A. Politics & Women's Studies,
Featured Publications & Products
- Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc; Nowak, David. 2010. UFORE (i-Tree Eco) Analysis of Chicago.
- Watts, Clifton E., Jr..; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc. 2010. Proceedings of the 2009 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium.
- Klenosky, David B.; Vogt, Christine A.; Schroeder, Herbert W.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc. 2010. Place visitation, place avoidance, and attitudinal ambivalence: new concepts for place research in urban recreation settings.
- Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc; Westphal, Lynne M.; Longoni, Mario. 2010. Fish consumption risk perception among anglers in an industrial urban area.
- Nowak, David J.; Hoehn, Robert E. III; Crane, Daniel E.; Stevens, Jack C.; Fisher, Cherie Leblanc. 2010. Assessing urban forest effects and values, Chicago's urban forest.
Publications & Products
- Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc; Watts, Clifton E., Jr., eds. 2012. Proceedings of the 2010 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium.
- McCaffrey, Sarah M.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc, eds. 2011. Abstracts of proceedings of the second conference on the human dimensions of wildland fire.
- McCaffrey, Sarah M.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc, eds. 2011. Proceedings of the second conference on the human dimensions of wildland fire.
- Klenosky, David B.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc; eds., . 2009. Proceedings of the 2008 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium.
- Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc; Wiese, Adam H. 2009. The crush and spray: a patented design for herbicide application with less waste.
- Westphal, Lynne M.; Longoni, Mario; LeBlanc, Cherie L.; Wali, Alaka. 2008. Anglers' appraisals of the risks of eating sport-caught fish from industrial areas: lessons from Chicago's Calumet region.
- Klenosky, David; LeBlanc, Cherie; Vogt, Christine; Schroeder, Herbert. 2008. Factors that attract and repel visitation to urban recreation sites: a framework for research.
- LeBlanc, Cherie; Vogt, Christine, comps. 2008. Proceedings of the 2007 northeastern recreation research symposium.
- Dwyer, John F.; Klenosky, David B.; LeBlanc, Cherie L. 2005. Explaining Patterns of Choice Among Outdoor Recreation Sites in Metropolitan Areas.
National Research Highlights
|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 ...