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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Alternative Transportation in the National Parks
Abstract: An introduction to transportation needs in parks and corresponding impacts to the visitors experience, environmental and cultural resources. Identifies key issues and design principles.
Source: National Park Service
American Hiking Society (AHS)
Abstract: National organization formed to promote and protect hiking trails, they serve as a clearinghouse for local trails organizations, provide monetary support to conserve trails, lobby, organize trail maintenance crews and sponsor a National Trails Day as an outreach and education event.
Source: American Hiking Society
Best Available Measures for Controlling Wind Blown Dust [PDF]
Abstract: Describes various sources and best practices to reduce blowing dust created by human activities including examples for specific land uses like roads, construction, vacant or disturbed areas, and agricultural and range areas. List of sources for commercial dust control can be found at: http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/dust_control2.html
Source: New Mexico Environment Department
Final Yosemite Valley Plan: Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
Abstract: Presents and analyzes alternatives for Yosemite Valley to: restore, protect, and enhance the resources of Yosemite Valley; provide opportunities for high-quality, resource-based visitor experiences; reduce traffic congestion; provide effective park operations, including employee housing, to meet the mission of the National Park Service. It also presents and analyzes actions in adjacent areas.
Source: National Park Service (NPS)
Framework for a Sustainable Future [PDF]
Abstract: After adopting a goal to achieve sustainability in operations, development and business practices, the agency created this report as an outline of their goals and aspirations. It includes best practices they want to adopt and special areas of concern as well as their timeline.
Source: Oregon State Parks
Green Landscaping: Greenacres
Abstract: Includes the how and why of native landscaping including case studies, a Smithsonian slide show, promotional materials, fact sheets and the comprehensive "Wild Ones Handbook."
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
Greening Federal Facilities [PDF]
Abstract: This is an energy, environmental, and economic resource guide for federal facility managers and designers. While stressing the importance of integrated design, it examines how facilities fit land use in their region, building design, energy systems, water and wastewater, materials, waste management and recycling, and indoor environmental quality.
Source: Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)
Hands on the Land (HOL)
Abstract: HOL is a national network of field classrooms linking students, teachers and parents to their public lands. Web resources include teaching materials, educational program information, an on-line forum, and more. Agencies represented include Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service.
Source: Partners in Resource Education
High Performance Building Research: Zion Visitor and Transportation Center
Abstract: Highlights features that make the new Zion National Park Visitor Center highly efficient including a Trombe wall, photovoltaic (PV) system, lighting, glazing design and selection, passive down-draft cooltower, energy-efficient landscaping, natural ventilation, thermal mass flooring, and optimized overhangs.
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Abstract: Basic overview of IPM and answers to frequently asked questions. Includes a series of fact sheets on Northwest pests and diseases with information on identification, life cycle, monitoring, damage threshold, and treatments.
Source: Green Gardening Program / Seattle Public Utilities
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Manual
Abstract: Since implementing an IPM program in the early 1980's, the Park Service has reduced pesticide use by over 60% and improved effectiveness of pest management. One resource they provided to accomplish this is this manual that includes descriptions of the biology and management of 21 species or categories of pests.
Source: National Park Service
Invasive Species Profiles
Abstract: A list of species classified as "invasive" including terrestrial plants and animals, aquatic and wetlands plants and animals, and microbes. Profiles include images and recent news as well as publications about the species. Invasivespecies.gov also offers a copy of the National Management plan, information on vectors and pathways, an expertise database, and funding available for species management. (click on "toolkit")
Source: National Invasive Species Council
National Park Partnership Award for Environmental Conservation Leadership
Abstract: Describes the award given to the Olaa-Kilauea Partnership, a collaboration between seven state and federal agencies, for protecting and restoring more than 13,000 acres of habitat native to several species of endangered forest birds and 22 species of rare plants.
Source: Business Wire
National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)
Abstract: Group formed in 1919 to "protect and enhance America's National Park System for present and future generations." Sponsors the "State of the Parks" program and the "Center for Park Management" and champions solutions to issues that threaten the parks like air quality, roads, reduced funding, etc.
Source: National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)
Sustainable Building Sourcebook
Abstract: The Sourcebook was developed to complement the efforts of the Austin Green Builder Program to foster environmentally responsible practices in homebuilding. It gives general guidelines for implementing less-familiar approaches to building homes. It is directed to building trades professionals but contains useful information for interested and motivated lay persons.
Source: Austin Green Builder Program
Sustainable Practices Thrive In A National Park: Composting at the Presidio [PDF]
Abstract: An urban park on the northern edge of San Francisco, The Presidio overcomes challenges on the way to reaching a goal to compost 100 percent of its organic residuals and using compost to improve native plant survival. Reaching economic sustainability is one concern (composting will save an estimated $100,000 annually); producing a quality product is essential. Learn about the program, the partnerships, the research and the results in a variety of applications.
Source: By Marney Blair and Jean Koch, BioCycle
The Practice of Low Impact Development
Abstract: Focuses on technologies that affect both the cost impacts and environmental issues associated with land development and the built environment. Provides a brief introduction to low impact development and discusses conventional and alternative approaches. (Large pdf file; may load slowly.)
Source: Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), PATH
Threats and Restoration: Everglades National Park
Abstract: Debunks the myth that land can be protected by designating it as a park. Describes impacts to The Everglades resulting from water management, water quality, non-native species, loss of species, and explosive regional population growth outside park boundaries. Links to the Everglades Information Network.
Source: National Park Service
Understanding Ecosystem Management
Abstract: Article includes concepts such as biodiversity, balance, scale and connections and discusses how managers apply ecosystem principles in managing natural resources on public lands. Includes poster and classroom activities.
Source: Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
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