Date of Graduation
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources
National Parks can reveal a glimpse into significant aspects of a culture. Visiting and experiencing a National Park can open a window into a culture's heritage, intellectual philosophy, triumphs, and sorrows. As of 2009, the National Park Service administered 393 National Park units, located across America and its territories. The purpose of this paper is to spatially investigate the National Park designation process. Examination of the trends and patterns within the National Park designation process required computation of the data via exploratory data analysis (EDA) and exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA). This analysis will illustrate significant clusters and correlation between the location of a National Park unit and three overriding themes being; historical, political, and geographical in nature. Furthermore, the results show significant partisanship between the two major political affiliations, when making decisions regarding National Park unit designations. Additionally, it will be shown that political affiliation can be predicted from the type of National Park unit designation.
Servian, Daniel, "An Exploration of the Spatial Distribution of National Park Units" (2010). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 3067.