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									PR Number: R8553120002
Award Number: P12AC10245
Project Number: ASU-73
Park/NPS Unit: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Title of Project: SEKI Transportation Experience Study
Administered through the: Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Cooperative Agreement Number
H1200-09-0005
CESU Partner:      Arizona State University

Project Contacts
Principal Investigator: Dave White, Assoc. Professor, Arizona State University, 411 N. Central Ave., Ste. 550, Phoenix,
AZ, 85004, ph: (602) 496-0154, Fax, (602) 496-0953, dave.white@asu.edu

Partner Administrative Contact: Cheryl Lee, Assistant Director, Research Advancement, Arizona State University, 411
N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ, 85004, ph (602) 496-0417, fax (602) 496-0955, Lee.Cheryl@asu.edu

NPS Certified ATR: Colleen Bathe, Division Chief; Interpretation, Education and Partnerships, (559-565-3130),
Colleen_Bathe@nps.gov, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, 47050 Generals Highway, Three Rivers, CA 93271
Funding Information:
Amount Funded: $67,673
NPS Account Numbers (amounts in parentheses): 8550-FTA5-454
Fund Source (e.g., ONPS, FLREA, CRPP, CESU, etc.): FHWA Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Park Program
         NPS Funding
          Is this funded using a reimbursable account number? If yes, IMR contracting needs a copy of the Interagency
      Agreement.
Project Dates:
Start Date:    January 1, 2012
End Date:      December 31, 2013

PROJECT ABSTRACT:

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are increasingly focused on the relationship between transportation systems
and the quality of the natural environment and visitors’ experiences. Management concerns include effects on visitor
crowding, traffic congestion, visitor stress, parking shortages, air pollution, noise pollution, and impacts to wildlife and
roadside vegetation. This project will involve cooperative research and planning activities conducted in partnership
between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and researchers at Arizona State University. The study will employ a
cross-sectional survey design with data collected from a stratified random sample of current SEKI visitors through on-
site, surveyor-assisted interviewing as well as travel route data collected via Global Positioning System (GPS). The study
aims to understand the psychological, social, and behavioral dimensions of national park visitors’ transportation-related
experiences and decisions to inform transportation planning and management and visitor use capacity decision making
in the parks.




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