A Public Participatory GIS Framework Design for Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail Inventory and Monitoring

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Karen K. Kemp, Ph.D.

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Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.


The Comprehensive Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement for the 175 mile Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail on the island of Hawaii calls for cooperative management between the National Park Service, State, County, land owners, and the general public as a component to each “alternative to no action” plan defined for trail management. Given the complexities of public involvement in landscape management, a structured framework for public participation is needed to support the efficacy of public involvement in management activities. Stewardship and the inventory and monitoring of vital signs defined by the National Park Service are expected to be the primary source for public involvement in management activities; and were the focus of design and development of this proposed public participatory GIS (PPGIS) framework. This project is a collaborative effort between the University of Redlands, the National Park Service, Communities, and local educational institutions on the island of Hawaii. This report presents a justification for PPGIS in the context of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, discussions on framework development and associated GIS applications, strategies used to support framework quality assurance, and considerations for the long term success of public participation in Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail inventory and monitoring.

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