An Introduction to Park Management, 3rd ed. [ebook]

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Author(s): Samuel V. Lankford
Jill Lankford
Daniel A. Wheeler

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The third edition of An Introduction to Park Management is intended for park professionals who need a reference book and university students who may have an interest in becoming employed in the parks profession.

The book explores the responsibilities of staff and the problems and challenges associated with managing parks in the 21st century.

Particular attention is paid to the structure of park organizations, planning, decision making, and politics that ultimately influence the way parks are managed.

About the Author(s)

Samuel V. Lankford

Samuel V. Lankford is professor and chair, Department of Recreation Administration at Fresno State.

Formerly he served as a professor, graduate coordinator, and doctoral intensive study area coordinator, and director of the Sustainable Tourism and the Environment Program at the University of Northern Iowa.

He taught at the University of Hawaii in the School of Travel Industry Management, and was also the Coordinator of the Recreation and Leisure Science degree program from 1990-2001.

He has conducted training workshops in the U.S., Canada, The Netherlands, Japan, and Vietnam.

He has a PhD with a focus in community tourism planning and development, and a master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Oregon.

He holds a master of arts in recreation and park planning and a BA in geography from CSU-Chico.

Dr. Lankford has been a practicing planner in both staff and consulting roles in California, Oregon, Washington, Iowa, Hawaii, and Canada.

He has conducted planning projects, needs assessments, community impact studies, carrying capacity studies, and market research in those states and other countries.

He specializes in tourism and recreation development. His research in tourism resulted in the development of a scale titled "Tourism Impact Attitude Scale" (TIAS), which has been used extensively internationally, and was the basis for later research on that topic.

Jill Lankford

Jill K. Lankford has worked with communities in their planning and design efforts with a particular focus on community character and development.

Jill’s work with planning and design with small towns has resulted in recognition by the American Planning Association–Oregon Chapter for citizen involvement and economic development.

She has provided tourism development training in North America, Bolivia, and Vietnam.

She has degrees in landscape architecture (BLA and MLA) from the University of Oregon.

She was the coordinator of the Sustainable Tourism and Environment Program at the University of Hawaii and the University of Northern Iowa, where she completed community development projects with students for community and regional agencies and organizations.

Jill continues her work in Fresno focusing on community-level park and recreation planning and water-wise design.

Daniel A. Wheeler

Daniel A. Wheeler holds a doctorate in leisure studies and services.

He has worked in the field in many positions, teaching swimming, canoeing, backpacking, and survival skills in activities courses and as camp director and river guide in Idaho and Utah, with excursions to Korea.

He has taught in theory and philosophy recreation courses and recreation marketing in several universities.

His main emphasis has been management of recreation delivery systems and the recreation experience.

Presently retired, he is beginning a recreation business on an island in the Pacific Northwest.