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Geographic Information Systems and Image Processing, Tools for Recreational Land Use Planning and Conflict Mitigation: A Case Study within the Monument Open Space, Monument Colorado

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Master's thesis

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Several methodologies have been developed to determine the best utilization of land for recreational pursuit. Each has its benefits and limitations depending upon the incredibly complex factors and issues that surround recreation areas. One disadvantage of each of these methodologies is the noticeable lack of inclusion of geographic technology available. It is believed that Geographic Information Systems GIS and Image Processing programs used in conjunction with any of the planning methodologies can improve the planning process by allowing planners to spatially analyze and evaluate different management prescriptions. Ten miles north of Colorado Springs is the small community of Monument. Just to the west of this community is an open space of approximately 1,000 acres. Designated as the Monument Open Space, it serves as a focal point of non-motorized multi-use recreation for the surrounding community. This space is managed by the United States Forest Service, which is currently working on adjusting its land management policy along the Front Range of Colorado. This work demonstrates how geographic technologies can be used to improve existing recreation land planning methodologies through a case study using the Monument Open Space. It also addresses mitigation of conflict between user groups during the planning process rather than at implementation. It is hoped that the US Forest Service recreation planners can apply these technologies and techniques along the entire Front Range of Colorado.

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  • Computer Systems
  • Civil Engineering

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