Public Participation in Outdoor Recreation

The goal of this project was to explore integrating public participation into the NRM Gateway and to make design recommendations for creating a tool for managing public comments online. We conducted a series of case studies with citizens who provided comments and agency personnel during four public comment events. The resulting guidelines would be helpful for designing websites and mobile applications devoted to to public participation where Corps stakeholders can find and comment on their recreation experiences, management issues, proposed regulations and planning documents.

  • Dennis Propst (PI) and Sarah Swierenga (Co-PI)
  • Grant funder: USDA/US Army Corps of Engineers

Publications

  • Propst, D. L., & Swierenga, S. J. (2013, August 30). Democracy in Hand: Citizen Participation and the Uses of Internet and Mobile Technology in Public Sector Natural Resource Management Final Report. USDA/CSREES, Grant # 2012-39573-20165. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.
  • Dilworth, D. M., and Propst, D. B. (2011, June). Using the Internet for public participation in natural resource decision making: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the McNary Shoreline Management Plan. Final Report. Vicksburg, MS: Environmental Laboratory, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (64 pp.).
  • Parker, L.D. and Propst, D.B. (2011). Electronic public participation: Issues in effectiveness and equity. Presentation at the 17th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, June 4-8, 2011. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin.
  • Dilworth, D. (2010). Using the internet for public participation in natural resource decision making: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the McNary shoreline management plan. Retrieved from ProQuest Digital Dissertations. Document ID: 816338046.
  • Propst, D. B., Pynnonen-Valdez, D. M., and Egger, M. (2008). Use of the Internet in the public comment phase of natural resource planning: Results from three case studies in Michigan. Final Report. Vicksburg, MS: Environmental Laboratory, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (41 pp.).