Six federal agencies – National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – collaborate on the Interagency Visitor Use Management Council (IVUMC). Council collaboration is designed to increase awareness of and commitment to proactive, professional, and science-based visitor use management on federally-managed lands and waters.
This session will begin with a brief overview of the Council’s goals and products with a focus on the forthcoming Visitor Use Management Framework. We will discuss how this Visitor Use Management Framework builds upon past frameworks like Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) and the Visitor Experience and Resource Protection (VERP); the emphasis on a sliding-scale approach to visitor use management; and if/when to develop a visitor capacity.
1. Why six federal agencies developed an interagency approach to visitor use management.
2. Collaboration outcomes and the products the /council is developing.
3. How visitor capacity fits in the Visitor Use Management Framework.
- Kerri Cahill, Visitor Use Specialist at National Park Service
- Rachel Franchina, Lead Recreation Planner at US Forest Service, Independent Resources