Recreation Management and Policy

Photo of long traffic lines in the White Mountain National Forest in NH

COVID-Fueled Recreation

UNH research led by assistant professor of recreation management and policy Michael Ferguson found a dramatic increase during the pandemic of visitors to the parks and protected areas of New England that resulted in significant social, situational and ecological impacts. Read More

Recent Stories

  • Rodrigues ‘22G marking trail
    - To the Woods
    If everything goes according to plan for Krista Rodrigues ‘22G, you may come across her one day working on a trail in the Whites. If not there, then along another mountain belt.... Read More
  • Outdoor Renaissance
    - Outdoor Renaissance
    UNH's Outdoor Leadership and Management program educates the future leaders of the growing outdoor industry.  Read More
  • Precious Resources
    - Precious Resources
    As the COVID-19 pandemic has taken hold over the past several months, more and more people have found themselves with time to devote to outdoor recreation. Read More
  • UNH Alum Ben Fickett helping to bring the Outward Bound collection to UNH
    - Outward Bound Goes Cross-Country
    Four years ago, associate professor of kinesiology Jayson Seaman visited the Colorado Outward Bound School in Leadville, CO, where he met with UNH alum and the school’s director... Read More
  • YES Africa Malawi participants doing the ropes course at The Browne Center
    - Just say YES
    For 10 days over the summer break Durham was abuzz with activity as 17 youth sports leaders from Malawi, Africa, were on campus for an intensive exchange program focusing on... Read More
  • Chair of Recreation Management & Policy Named Fellow of AAPRA
    - Chair of Recreation Management & Policy Named Fellow of AAPRA
    Bob Barcelona was recently selected as a Fellow in the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Read More
  • Fracking site shot from above in mountains of rural Pennsylvania
    - When Fracking Meets Hiking
    Nearly a quarter of outdoor recreationists in Pennsylvania have encountered shale natural gas energy development, leading some of them to change their plans, new UNH research... Read More
  • Lake Erie beach at sunset
    - Offshore Wind Support
    From boaters to anglers, outdoor recreationalists are surprisingly supportive of offshore wind development, new research from UNH has found. Read More
  • People hiking along mountain ridge
    - Seeing the Hikers for the Trees
    UNH researchers are monitoring visitor use in the White Mountain National Forest to help managers ease parking and crowding. Read More
  • Beach on Lake Erie
    - Not Taking the Plunge
    New research from UNH finds that as climate changes, so does lake recreation behavior. Read More