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Accession Number 5003460

Title Technical assistance to the National Park Service

Project Description The Virginia Tech Cooperative Park Studies Unit (CPSU) was established in 1989 by the National

Park Service, Mid-Atlantic Region, in the Department of Forestry, College of Forestry and Wildlife

Resources, Blacksburg, VA. The field station is now administered by the U.S. Geological Survey

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Field station staff and affiliates conduct a variety of research,

inventory and monitoring, technical assistance, and information and technology transfer activities

serving the National Park Service and other federal and state land management agencies. To date,

44 natural and social science studies totaling approximately 1.7 million dollars have been

contracted to station and University scientists. A primary emphasis of the field station is visitor

impact research in protected areas and associated assistance to managers in evaluating and

managing recreation-related environmental impacts. This work is conducted by the stations Visitor

Impact Research and Technical Assistance program.

Keywords national parks, recreation ecology, visitor impacts,

Principal Jeffrey L Marion, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: CPSU@VT.Edu;


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