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TRB Committee on Transportation Needs of National Parks and Public Lands (ADA40)
The Committee is concerned with the role of transportation in providing access to and mobility within national parks and other public lands. The committee is focusing on federal lands initially but could address other public lands if the committee identifies critical transportation issues on other public lands that should be addressed. The Committee provides a forum for representatives from transportation and land management agencies, tourism groups, universities, consulting groups, and public officials to share experiences regarding access, circulation, and way finding issues of travelers and uses in national parks and on public lands. The Committee provides a forum for identification of research needs and requirements regarding recreation travel and tourism.
Vision and Mission
The Committee on Transportation Needs for National Parks and Public Lands was established by the Transportation Research Board to serve as a national forum for transportation issues and public use as they relate to the management and conservation of the natural, cultural and scenic values of the national parks and other federal public lands.
Visitation to the national parks and other federal public lands has increased significantly in recent years. The increased number of motor vehicles being used to transport visitors to these federal lands has added to the management challenges being posed to the federal land managers. Increased development, congestion and air pollution, associated with increased public visitation, can impact the natural, cultural and scenic resources of the public federal lands if adequate planning is not undertaken.
Protecting the natural, cultural and scenic resources while providing safe and enjoyable access to and within the federal public lands is one of the greatest challenges being faced by all federal land managers. Since transportation is the "crosswalk" between resource protection and visitor enjoyment, urgent and bold action is needed to develop and improve transportation management plans for the federal public lands and their gateway communities.
The Committee encourages research into topics related to recreational use of the federal public lands. Through proactively identifying and defining the role of transportation in addressing resource management issues related to the national parks and other federal public lands, the Committee will foster research that will protect the natural, cultural and scenic resources while providing opportunities for the increasing recreational opportunities on the federal public lands.
The Mission of the Transportation Needs of the National Parks and Public Lands Committee is to provide a national forum for transportation issues related to the conservation of the scenery, the cultural and natural resources and to the quality of the visitor experience in national parks and public lands. The Committee advances research into these issues and disseminates the results throughout the world. Through proactively identifying and defining preservation and interpretation issues, the Committee will become a recognized leader for the transportation community.
The current membership consists of representatives from the public sector, private sector and academia. Additional individuals are solicited for membership to the committee to fill vacancies, replace inactive members, and to add representatives of constituencies not currently represented.