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Environmental Studies Prof. Speaks About Adirondack Crowding Issues

The Keene Hiker Advisory Committee invited Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Peter Pettengill to lead a discussion about visitor use in protected areas at a public forum in Keene Valley in late February.

According to the Adirondack Explorer, Pettengill “challenged some of the conventional wisdom about hiker crowding and suggested that a key problem is that the throngs of people enjoying natural wonders tend not to see throngs of people as a particular problem.”

Read the Adirondack Explorer’s coverage of the event.

Pettengill’s expertise is well known in the region. A research paper he co-authored with a recent graduate examining the demographics, causes, and methods of rescue for various incidents throughout the Adirondack Park was published late last year. Read our story about the research.

For more information about the innovative research St. Lawrence’s environmental studies faculty members are working on, visit the Department of Environmental Studies.