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
- Sonti, Nancy Falxa; Campbell, Lindsay; Johnson, Michelle; Daftary-Steel, S. 2016. Long-term outcomes of an urban farming internship program. Journal of Experiential Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1053825916655444 [19 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.
- McGee, Tara K.; Curtis, Allan; McFarlane, Bonita L.; Shindler, Bruce; Christianson, Amy; Olsen, Christine; McCaffrey, Sarah M. 2016. Facilitating knowledge transfer between researchers and wildfire practitioners about trust: An international case study. The Forestry Chronicle. 92(02): 167-171.
- Habesland, Daniel E.; Kilgore, Michael A.; Becker, Dennis R.; Snyder, Stephanie A.; Solberg, Birger; Sjolie, Hanne K.; Lindstad, Berit H. 2016. Norwegian family forest owners' willingness to participate in carbon offset programs. Forest Policy and Economics. 70: 30-38.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Last Modified: 06/07/2016