Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 10:00 AM

Project Type

Poster- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

This project is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of National Parks as stewards for conservation, specifically the effect of size, geographic region, and visitor rates on conservation effectiveness will be examined. A list of criteria was devised to help evaluate national parks effectiveness as a mode of conservation. Among the criteria considered are the total number of species, number of endangered species and number of invasive species.It is hypothesized that small parks with moderate visitation rates will have more species of concern per unit area than larger parks or parks with high visitation rates. It is also believed that southern parks will have more species overall because the climate is conducive to higher biological diversity. The results of this study will be helpful to National Parks for improving their conservation efforts.

Faculty Sponsor

Russ Cole

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Environmental Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

227

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of United States National Parks as Stewards for Conservation

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

This project is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of National Parks as stewards for conservation, specifically the effect of size, geographic region, and visitor rates on conservation effectiveness will be examined. A list of criteria was devised to help evaluate national parks effectiveness as a mode of conservation. Among the criteria considered are the total number of species, number of endangered species and number of invasive species.It is hypothesized that small parks with moderate visitation rates will have more species of concern per unit area than larger parks or parks with high visitation rates. It is also believed that southern parks will have more species overall because the climate is conducive to higher biological diversity. The results of this study will be helpful to National Parks for improving their conservation efforts.

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