University of Vermont

University Communications


Recreation Management Program
Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:national parks; wilderness; tourism
Biography:Manning is chair of the Recreation Management Program, concerned with parks, wilderness and tourism. His interests focus on national parks, wilderness, public lands and tourism. His research grants include: "Carrying Capacity of U.S. National Parks," Earthwatch Institute and the Center for Field Research, 2000-02; "Carrying Capacity of Park and Forest Recreation Areas," McIntire-Stennis Forestry Research Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2000-03; "Reconstructing Conservation: Turning Theory into Practice in the 21st Century," Woodstock Foundation and U.S. National Park Service, 2000-02. Among national parks he has investigated are Kenai Fjords, Mesa Verde, Yosemite, Schoodic Peninsula Area of Acadia, Denali, as well as Boston Harbor Islands and Appalachian National Trail. Among Manning's publications are: "Studies in Outdoor Recreation: Search and Research for Satisfaction," which was selected in 1999 as Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine; and "Visitor Experience and Resource Protection: A Framework for Managing the Carrying Capacity of National Parks" (Journal of Park and Recreation Administration). His research has been published in The Chronicle of Higher Education and he won of the George Wright Society Social Science Achievement Award in 2009.