Human Dimensions of Resource Management

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Human dimensions in the context of natural resource management refers to understanding attitudes, preferences, and behaviors of American citizens in order to improve conservation and management of public lands and waters managed by the Department of the Interior (DOI). Human Dimensions at the FORT also includes understanding the users and applications of data and technology in the context of natural resource management.

Elk in Yellowstone National Park

An elk roaming through Yellowstone National Park.

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Human Dimensions scientists in the Social and Economic Analysis Branch use quantitative and qualitative social science methods to empower day-to-day decision making by DOI field managers; and in the creation and implementation of Federal land and water management plans.


Human Dimensions research in the SEA Branch places human needs and interests within the context of natural systems with the objective of maximizing the benefits American citizens receive from public lands and waters. 





Specific activities for Human Dimensions of Resource Management scientists include:

1) Collecting data from visitors, community residents, and other stakeholders about their activities on public lands and attitudes toward public land and water management alternatives

2) Understanding the relationships among public land water management actions, human well-being, and community sustainability in light of phenomena such as outdoor recreation provision and energy development

3) Assessing users of data and technology in natural resource management in order to improve DOI’s ability to provide these tools to decision makers.