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Logan Park

Logan Park, Associate Professor


Logan O. Park is the Associate Professor of Forest Recreation and Park Management in the Forestry Department of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

He provides consultation to protected area managers, undergraduate and graduate instruction, and extension service. He has completed degrees in Environmental Chemistry (B.S., Furman University), in Natural Resources Planning - recreation management (M.S., The University of Vermont) and in Forestry - interdisciplinary studies in the sociology and ecology of outdoor recreation (Ph. D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University). While completing his doctoral studies, Logan was awarded a Burruss Fellowship. Previously, Logan was a Dow Chemistry Scholar.

His thesis and dissertation research focused on characterizing, managing, and preventing recreation-related impacts to resources in a variety of protected area settings. His current research interests include mechanisms of impacts to soundscapes, cultural resources, soils, vegetation, water, and wildlife; computer simulation modeling of protected area planning measures; practical indicators, standards, and monitoring methods development; and integrated management approaches to preventing/mitigating resource impacts and protecting visitor experiences.

Logan Park
Office: Agriculture Building, Room 194-D
Phone: 618-453-7476

Specialties and Interests

Recreation ecology, dynamic computer simulation modeling of recreation trail and road systems, custom instrumentation development, protected area soundscapes, sustainable trail design, recreation facility monitoring, park and protected area general management planning, trails planning, river use planning, visitor behavior management, quantitative assessment of crowding and conflict, trail and campsite erosion, equestrian use.


Ph. D. Aug. 2006 - Aug. 2009

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Department of Forestry Resources and Environmental Conservation
  • Degree Program: Natural Resource Recreation
  • Advisors: Jeffrey Marion, Ph.D. and Steven Lawson, Ph.D.

M. S. Aug. 2004 - Aug. 2006

  • The University of Vermont
  • Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Degree Program: Natural Resources Planning
  • Advisor: Robert Manning, Ph.D.

B. S. Aug. 1999 - May 2003

  • Furman University
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Degree Program: Environmental Chemistry
  • Advisors: John Wheeler, Ph.D. and Sandy Wheeler, Ph.D.


  • UCOL 101, FOR 220 - Introduction to Forest Recreation
  • FOR 420 - Park and Wildland Management
  • FOR 422C - Park and Wildland Management Camp
  • FOR/AG/REC 423 - Environmental Interpretation
  • FOR 500 - Research Methods
  • FOR 521 - Advanced Recreation Behavior in Wildland Environments

Descriptions available for each of these classes in course listings for Forestry [FOR].

Recent Publications and Awards

  • Ward, W., Park, L., and Coulson, E. (2012). Impacts of search and rescue operations on wilderness management in the national parks. Park Science. 28(3).
  • Marion, J., Wimpey, J., and Park, L. (2012). The science of trail surveys: recreation ecology provides new tools for managing wilderness trails. Park Science. 28(3).
  • Manning, R., Valliere, W., Anderson, L., McCown, R., Pettengill, P., Reigner, N., Lawson, S., Newman, S., Budruk, M., Laven, D., Hallo, J., Park, L., Bacon, J., Abbe, D., van Riper, C., Goonan, K., (2012). Defining, Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing the Sustainability of Parks for Outdoor Recreation. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. Special Issue.
  • Logan Park, Steve Lawson, Ken Kaliski, Peter Newman, Adam Gibson. (2010). Modeling and Mapping Hikers' Exposure to Transportation Noise in Rocky Mountain National Park. Park Science. 26(3). Special Issue; Robert Manning, Peter Newman, eds.
  • Logan Park, Robert Manning, Jeffrey Marion, Steven Lawson, Charles Jacobi. (2008). Managing Visitor Impacts in Parks: A Multi-Method Study of the Effectiveness of Alternative Management Practices. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. 26(1), pp. 97-121.
  • Logan Park, Robert Manning, Jeff Marion, Steve Lawson, Charles Jacobi. Managing Visitor Impacts on Cadillac Mountain. (Chapter 21). In: Robert Manning, ed. (2009). Parks and People: Research to Guide Management of Outdoor Recreation at Acadia National Park. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England.
  • Jeffrey Marion, Jeremy Wimpey, Logan Park. Monitoring and Assessing Trail Conditions at Acadia National Park. (Chapter 18). In: Robert Manning, ed. (2009). Parks and People: Research to Guide Management of Outdoor Recreation at Acadia National Park. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England.
  • Marion, Jeffrey L., Jeremy Wimpey, and Logan Park. 2010. Informal and formal trail monitoring protocols and baseline conditions:Acadia National Park.Final Management Report. Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources, Forestry/Recreation Resources Management, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Research to Support Application of Carrying Capacity at Acadia National Park. Prepared by The University of Vermont Park Studies Laboratory for the U.S. National Park Service. 2007.
  • Karen Hockett, Amanda Clark, Yu-Fai Leung, Jeff Marion, Logan Park. (2009). Deterring Off-Trail Hiking in Protected Natural Areas: Evaluating Options With Surveys and Unobtrusive Observation.