Wednesday, November 20th, 1:30pm
Plymouth State University, Frost Commons
Recreational Knowledge, Concern and Behavior for a Resource: A Spatial and Descriptive Analysis of Squam Lakes, NH Using Public Participation GIS
Masters in Environmental Science and Policy Candidate
With a growing population in New Hampshire and an increased range of recreational activities, lake management is becoming more complicated. Authorities must consider the ecosystem services of the lake, including experiential components, when managing for a high quality lake. This research takes a new approach to the topic of social data collection, with an inherent spatial component, by allowing respondents to express their perceptions in site-specific ways. Using the online platform, Public Participation GIS, we will analyze the public knowledge, areas of concern and behaviors of recreationists on Squam Lake, NH. The project also looks at spatial and quantitative differences between members and non-members of the Squam Lakes Association, a local conservation association. We found several statistical differences among the two groups as well as other relevant conclusions about regional concern levels for the resource. This research is meant to inform conservation non-profits as well as resource managers and recreationists.