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Natural Quiet and Natural Darkness
The "New" Resources of the National Parks
Robert Manning, Peter Newman, Jesse Barber, Christopher Monz, Jeffrey Hallo

Not yet released.
Publication date: June 5, 2018

2018 • 352 pp. 20 charts and graphs 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Conservation / Resource Management

$60.00 Paperback, 978-1-5126-0189-3
$125.00 Hardcover, 978-1-5126-0188-6

(Hardcover is un-jacketed.
Cover illustration is for paperback edition only)

Recent work on best management practices for sound and light in national parks

Excess noise and light challenge the ecological integrity of the natural environment, along with our enjoyment of the natural world. Although a substantive body of scientific and professional literature on quiet and darkness in national parks and related areas has developed over the past two decades, such work has been widely scattered over academic and professional journals in several environmental fields.

This anthology brings together both new and previously published work on the topic. An introduction outlines the evolution of current thought about what constitutes national park resources and suggests a series of conceptual frameworks to inform management of natural quiet and natural darkness. Individual chapters address the biological, ecological, and experiential components of both of these valuable resources. A final chapter develops a series of principles or best practices for studying, managing, and protecting natural quiet and natural darkness in the national parks and related reserves.

Reviews / Endorsements

“The most comprehensive statement of our understanding of natural quiet and natural darkness, along with the ways in which anthropogenic noise and light threaten these increasingly important park and protected area resources, and the ways in which they can be protected.”—Dr. Robert Powell, George B. Hartzog, Jr. Endowed Professor, Clemson University, and Director, Institute for Parks

“This book articulates a concise scientific and policy analysis of two park resources we have nearly lost, natural quiet and natural darkness. The good news is that with the help of this book, along with careful, landscape-scale management, both can and should be restored.”—Jonathan Jarvis, Executive Director, UC Berkeley Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity, and former Director of the National Park Service

“In future decades, when park visitors are able to appreciate the sounds of nature and an undiminished night sky, it will be this book with its collection of key scientific papers and wise synthesis of management principles that will have laid the foundation for protecting these simple yet profound experiences. This is an important book for park managers now and in that future.”—Dr. Gary Machlis, University Professor of Environmental Sustainability, Clemson University, and former Science Advisor to the Director of the National Park Service

ROBERT MANNING is Steven Rubenstein Professor of Environment and Natural Resources and director of the Park Studies Laboratory at the University of Vermont. PETER NEWMAN is professor and head of the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Penn State. JESSE BARBER is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Boise State University. CHRISTOPHER MONZ is an associate professor in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University. JEFFREY HALLO is associate professor of park and conservation area management at Clemson University. STEVEN LAWSON is director of Resource Systems Group’s practice in public lands planning and management.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:34:24 -0500