National Park Service

Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network (ERMN)

Landscape Dynamics Monitoring

Socioeconomic Indicator Mapping

Map showing Total Population by County for area surrounding the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA)
Map showing Total Population by County for area surrounding the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA)

Socioeconomic Indicator Mapping

The purpose of these socioeconomic atlases is to provide park managers, planners, community leaders, and others with a better understanding of changing human activities and socioeconomic conditions in the region surrounding national park units of the Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network. These changes outside a park's boundary can create complex park management challenges. Information about regional trends and conditions is needed in order to manage and conserve park resources &mdashl; both natural and cultural &mdashl; more effectively. This atlas provides such information in a series of maps at two scales.

The maps in each atlas combine contextual information (such as boundary lines, roads and key towns) with thematic information (such as demographic or economic statistics). This combination of contextual and thematic information helps the reader observe general trends inherent in the distribution of data. For example, a map that shows population change for each county in the park region may reveal that all of the highest growth is concentrated in counties south of the park.

Each atlas includes maps of socioeconomic indicators chosen by the Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network staff in collaboration with resource managers at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and Cindy Brewer and Erin Greb of the Pennsylvania State University, from a list of 67 indicators used in a similar atlas effort lead by Jean McKendry in 2004 for 15 national parks, including New River Gorge NR. The indicators in this document were determined to be most relevant to Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network natural resource management.

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