People and Their Environments: Social Science Supporting Natural Resource Management and Policy
As human populations increase in size, extent, and diversity, natural resource planners and policymakers must address growing concerns about a wide range of environments. To make the best decisions – for people and for nature – they need information about how people and natural environments influence each other in rural and urban areas and everywhere in between. That is the focus of the People and Their Environments research unit.
Staffed with social scientists from a wide range of backgrounds, People and Their Environments is one of only a few Forest Service research work units that studies the human component of natural resource management. Our expertise ranges across the social science disciplines: economics, psychology, geography, sociology, and related fields like landscape architecture, recreation, and planning.
Our Research Areas
- Changing Population Demographics, Changing Land Uses
- Perceptions and Experiences of Nature
- People’s Outdoor Activities
- Environmental Values
- Natural Resource Disturbances
- Urban Ecology
- Simmons, Brady L.; Hallett, Richard A.; Sonti, Nancy Falxa; Auyeung, D. S. N.; Lu, Jacqueline W. T. 2016. Long-term outcomes of forest restoration in an urban park. Restoration Ecology. 24(1): 109-118.
- Riemann, Rachel; Liknes, Greg C.; O'Neil-Dunne, Jarlath; Toney, Chris; Lister, Tonya 2016. Comparative assessment of methods for estimating tree canopy cover across a rural-to-urban gradient in the mid-Atlantic region of the USA. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 188(5). 17 p.
- Andrejczyk, Kyle; Butler, Brett J.; Dickinson, Brenton J.; Hewes, Jaketon H.; Markowski-Lindsay, Marla A.; Kittredge, David B.; Kilgore, Michael A.; Snyder, Stephanie A.; Catanzaro, Paul F. 2016. Family Forest Owners' Perceptions of Landowner Assistance programs in the USA: A Qualitative Exploration of Program Impacts on Behaviour. Small-scale Forestry. 15(1): 17-28.
- Campbell, Lindsay K. 2016. Getting farming on the agenda: Planning, policymaking, and governance practices of urban agriculture in New York City. Urban Forestry && Urban Greening. 11 p. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2016.03.011
- Campbell, Lindsay K.; Svendsen, Erika S.; Roman, Lara A. 2016. Knowledge Co-production at the Research-Practice Interface: Embedded Case Studies from Urban Forestry. Environmental Management. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00267-016-0680-8
- Boicourt, Kate; Pirani, Robert; Johnson, Michelle; Svendsen, Erika; Campbell, Lindsay K. 2016. Connecting with our waterways: an assessment of public access and stewardship in the New York - New Jersey Harbor Estuary. New York, NY: NY-NJ Harbor and Estuary Program; and Hudson River Foundation. 36 p.
- Bixler, R Patrick; Johnson, Shawn; Emerson, Kirk; Nabatchi, Tina; Reuling, Melly; Curtin, Charles; Romolini, Michele; Grove, Morgan 2016. Networks and landscapes: a framework for setting goals and evaluating performance at the large landscape scale. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 14(3): 145-153.
- Campbell, Lindsay K.; Svendsen, Erika S.; Sonti, Nancy Falxa; Johnson, Michelle L. 2016. A social assessment of urban parkland: Analyzing park use and meaning to inform management and resilience planning. Environmental Science && Policy. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.01.014
- Auyeung, D.S. Novem; Campbell, Lindsay K.; Johnson, Michelle; Sonti, Nancy Falxa; Svendsen, Erika 2016. Reading the landscape: citywide social assessment of New York City parks and natural areas in 2013-2014. Social Assessment White Paper No. 2. New York, NY: New York Department of Parks and Recreation. 69 p.
- Bussey, John; Davenport, Mae A.; Emery, Marla R.; Carroll, Clint 2016. "A Lot of It Comes from the Heart": The Nature and Integration of Ecological Knowledge in Tribal and Nontribal Forest Management. Journal of Forestry. 114(2): 97-107.
Last Modified: 04/27/2016