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No Limits of Acceptable Change: A Proposed Research Framework for Informing Visitor Use Management in the Context of Cultural Resources

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Department of Environment and Society, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322, USA
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Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322, USA
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Ecology Center, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322, USA
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Department of Environment and Society, Utah State University, Moab, UT 84532, USA
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The Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, James Cook University, Cairns, QLD 4870, Australia
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Crow Canyon Research Institute, Cortez, CO 81321, USA
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Department of Anthropology, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812, USA
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Cannon Heritage Consultants, Inc., Logan, UT 84321, USA
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Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 377; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010377
Received: 1 December 2020 / Revised: 29 December 2020 / Accepted: 1 January 2021 / Published: 4 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nature-Based Tourism, Protected Areas, and Sustainability)
Cultural resources are commonly defined as resources that provide material evidence of past human activities. These resources are unique, as they are both finite and non-renewable. This provides a challenge for traditional visitor use management since these resources have no limits of acceptable change. However, with nearly every national park in the US containing cultural resources, coupled with ever-growing visitation, it is essential that managers of parks and protected areas have the ability to make science-informed decisions about cultural resources in the context of visitor use management. We propose a framework that can help provide context and exploration for these challenges. Drawing on previous literature, this framework includes risk-based approaches to decision making about visitor use; visitor cognitions related to cultural resources; emotions, mood, and affect related to cultural resource experiences; creating and evaluating interpretive programs; deviant visitor behaviors related to cultural resources; and co-management. View Full-Text
Keywords: cultural resource management; national parks; visitor use management; anthropology; archeology cultural resource management; national parks; visitor use management; anthropology; archeology
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Miller, Z.D.; Freimund, W.; Crabtree, S.A.; Ryan, E.P. No Limits of Acceptable Change: A Proposed Research Framework for Informing Visitor Use Management in the Context of Cultural Resources. Sustainability 2021, 13, 377. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010377

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Miller ZD, Freimund W, Crabtree SA, Ryan EP. No Limits of Acceptable Change: A Proposed Research Framework for Informing Visitor Use Management in the Context of Cultural Resources. Sustainability. 2021; 13(1):377. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010377

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Miller, Zachary D.; Freimund, Wayne; Crabtree, Stefani A.; Ryan, Ethan P. 2021. "No Limits of Acceptable Change: A Proposed Research Framework for Informing Visitor Use Management in the Context of Cultural Resources" Sustainability 13, no. 1: 377. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010377

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