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Steve McCool

University of Montana


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University of Montana
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United States
Steve is professor emeritus at the University of Montana. His work over the last 40 years has emphasized interaction of people and natural resources, particularly with respect to managing visitors in national parks and wilderness, developing new ways of thinking about natural resource planning, and strengthening approaches to public engagement in planning processes. Steve graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Resource Management and continued on with his studies at the University of Minnesota receiving a Ph.D. in 1970. Since 1977, Steve has been on the faculty of the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana, following appointments at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Utah State University. Steve has also served in several research and development positions with the U.S. Forest Service as well some short appointments in National Forest Systems. He currently is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Society and Conservation at UM. He serves with the World Commission on Protected Area’s Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group, and reviews for journals such as Environmental Management, Society and Natural Resources, and Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Steve holds an extensive publication record with numerous refereed journal articles, several edited books, as well as the co-authored and popular UN World Tourism Organization & World Conservation Union (IUCN) Best Practices Guidelines Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Planning and Management. Currently he works in a variety of capacities, emphasizing conservation and academic development projects with several universities in the southern Africa sphere.

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Wildlands planning and management, academic advisor, international heritage organizations

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