An Eye Opening Approach to Integrated Environmental Assessments
Environmental management is not practiced in a vacuum. Effective stewardship of natural resources requires the adoption of multiple objectives set forth by diverse groups of stakeholders with varied perspectives and interests. Within this management landscape, integrated environmental assessments provide a useful framework for evaluating resources and directing management efforts. We provide a case study using examples in mid-Atlantic region national parks in which visual elements (conceptual diagrams, maps, graphs, tables, and photographs) facilitate these activities and provide an eye opening approach to more effective environmental decision-making.