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Institute work featured in national park publication

ITS Institute research with the National Park Service (NPS) was featured in the Fall 2010 issue of the NPS’s bulletin Park Science. Since 2005, Institute researchers with the Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO) have worked with Denali National Park, where park officials are seeking ways to give as many people access to the park as possible while limiting detrimental effects on wildlife and visitors’ experience. The MTO researchers, along with researchers from the University of Vermont Park Studies Laboratory, have developed a specialized model of traffic and wildlife sightings. The model is allowing park managers to better understand the capacity limits of the current transportation system and the effects of traffic on critical animal crossings and migration routes.

Read the Park Science article on the National Park Service’s website