About the Webcast
Regardless of the agency involved, certain universal challenges apply when site staff are charged with the protection of natural and cultural resources along with providing for public use and access. The balance between preserving resources and providing recreational opportunities will vary depending upon the mission and charter of the management entity. The emphasis of this webcast is natural and cultural resource protection.
About the Presenter
Kim Watson specializes in park operations, visitor management, and resource protection. From 1973 to 2005, Kim worked for the National Park Service (NPS) and retired as the Chief Park Ranger of the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. From 2001 to the present, he has been an Adjunct Professor at Northern Arizona University, where he teaches courses on Planning on Public Lands and assists in the Park Ranger Training Program. During his NPS career, he was active with NPS Fundamentals and other training programs and drew on his land management experience to become a full time lecturer with the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands. He was assigned to the Albright Training Center at Grand Canyon National Park from 2005 to 2010. Kim continues to work for the Eppley Institute from his home in Flagstaff, Arizona on a variety of projects.
This webcast was conducted through online conferencing software and captured for future viewing. This webcast includes a digital recording of the presentation.
Be able to:
- Explain the difference between proactive and reactive plans.
- Develop a basic outline for responding to resource injury.
- Identify fundamental resource management principles.
- Explain the roles of employees in resource protection.
Aired 11 May 2011