Natural Quiet and Natural Darkness

The "New" Resources of the National Parks

Robert Manning, Peter Newman, Jesse Barber, Christopher Monz, Jeffrey Hallo' and Steven Lawson

Human-caused noise and light can threaten the ecological integrity of the natural environment and diminish our enjoyment of national parks and protected areas. This anthology presents and synthesizes important research that helps inform protection and management of natural quiet and natural darkness. Chapters address the biological, ecological, and experiential components of these increasingly valuable resources. The final chapter develops a series of principles for studying and managing natural quiet and natural darkness in national parks and related reserves.

Cover Image of Natural Quiet and Natural Darkness: The "New" Resources of the National Parks
Paper: $60 | Cloth: $125
ISBN-13: 9781512601893
Pages: 352 | Size: 6.25 in. x 9.25 in.
Date Published: June 5, 2018


  • This book articulates a concise scientific and policy analysis of two park resources we have nearly lost. The good news is that with the help of this book, both can and should be restored.

    Jonathan Jarvis
    former director, U.S. National Park Service
  • The most comprehensive statement of our understanding of natural quiet and natural darkness, along with the ways in which anthropogenic noise and light threaten increasingly important park and protected area resources, and the ways in which these resources can be protected.

    Robert Powell
    director, Clemson University Institute for Parks
  • In future decades, when park visitors are able to appreciate the sounds of nature and an undiminished night sky, it will be this book with its collection of key scientific papers and wise synthesis of management principles that will have laid the foundation for protecting these simple yet profound experiences.

    Gary Machlis
    former science advisor to the director, U.S. National Park Service

About the Author

ROBERT MANNING is professor emeritus and founding director of the Park Studies Laboratory at the University of Vermont. PETER NEWMAN is department head and professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Penn State University. JESSE BARBER is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State University. CHRISTOPHER MONZ is professor in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University. JEFFREY HALLO is associate professor of park and conservation area management at Clemson University. STEVEN LAWSON is director of Resource Systems Group’s practice in public lands planning and management.

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