community members at a workshop

Researchers helped Northern Forest communities to make better-informed decisions regarding recreation and tourism development. They combined diverse perspectives gained through stakeholder involvement with the analytical tools of dynamic modeling.

Outcomes and Products 

Researchers held a series of participatory modeling workshops in the Northern Forest region 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.


Lisa Chase, Roelof Boumans, and Stephanie Morse of the University of Vermont

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Report and Summary 2007

Journal Article

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.