Visitor Use Management (VUM) is getting a lot of attention in discussions about how best to manage and protect the Forest Preserve. But what is it and how can it benefit the Adirondack Park? How does it relate to the recently-released New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Wildlands Monitoring Guidance? Join us for our third Wilderness Webinar, to be broadcast beginning at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Wilderness management expert and AWA's Technical Advisor Chad Dawson will walk through Visitor Use Management and how it can be applied in the Adirondack Park.
“The concept of Visitor Use Management is nothing new, startling, or controversial and it is widely accepted in resource and recreation management across the United States,” says Dawson. “The recently released High Peaks Advisory Group (HPAG) report recommends the VUM framework and the Wildlands Monitoring Guidance of Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) added VUM into its title and narrative. One substantive difference between the Wildlands Monitoring Guidance and the VUM proposed by HPAG is one of scale. The Wildlands Monitoring Guidance was designed by Adirondack Park Agency and DEC field staff to address localized and specific management issues (such as visitor trail impacts) and the VUM framework was designed for a range of resource and visitor use issues over large and small geographic areas. A second difference is that DEC administrators are daunted by the additional transparency and accountability that are integral to a VUM process and the HPAG report strongly encourages them to engage VUM and adaptive management.”