Northern Forest Research:
Participatory Modeling of Tourism and Recreation in the Northern Forest
Lisa Chase, Roelof Boumans, and Stephanie Morse, University of Vermont
Goal: Combining the diverse perspectives gained through stakeholder involvement with the analytical tools of dynamic modeling, thereby enhancing the ability of communities to make better-informed decisions regarding recreation and tourism development.
Outcomes and Products: A series of participatory modeling workshops were held in communities in the Northern Forest where participants created computer models that describe recreation and tourism issues in their communities. In addition to the models that were created, the modeling process had positive impacts including strengthening relationships, promoting systems thinking, and helping to build consensus.
- Research article: Participatory Modeling as a Tool for Community Development Planning: Tourism in the Northern Forest (pdf)
- Northeastern States Research Cooperative summary: Community Members Develop a Shared Model for Recreation and Tourism in the Northern Forest
Funding for this project was provided in part by the Northeastern States Research Cooperative, a partnership of the Northern Forest states in coordination with the USDA Forest Service.
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