As they become popular places to live and visit, GNAR communities tend to experience a variety of interconnected planning, transportation, economic, community development, and sustainability issues. These challenges range from shortages of affordable workforce housing and significant congestion and transportation concerns to questions about how to protect open spaces and dark skies. GNAR communities that have not yet “been discovered” often face a variety of other concerns, such as issues associated with limited economic opportunities. The GNAR Initiative acts as an intellectual incubator to foster and support multi-university and trans-disciplinary research aimed at better documenting and holistically understanding the opportunities and challenges in GNAR communities. It also develops, helps implement, and studies evidence-based strategies for helping western GNAR communities thrive amid change.
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With the creation of the monument in late 2016, and its subsequent downsizing less than a year later, managers wondered if, and to what extent, these designation changes would impact outdoor recreation and recreation-related industries existing in these communities. Recent research takes a retrospective look at the influence of the monument designation on outdoor recreation and its related industries in San Juan County, Utah.
Using geotagged photos from social media sites, and county-level economic indicators, analysis conducted by the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University found interesting trends...
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