Brandon Slaybaugh, a member of the E&H Class of 2015 from Sevierville, Tenn., is double majoring in environmental studies and geography.
Brandon chose a project involving the National Park Service (NPS). Specifically, he has investigated the national parks in the American Southwest to show determine correlations between each park's size and the money necessary to keep it functioning. He currently works for the NPS and plans to pursue a career with the NPS.
My project was a building block to show a possible correlation of requested money over a given amount of time. If I continued to map these parks' requested budgets over the years and added visitation rates to the mix, one could possibly determine if the parks are in jeopardy of losing the necessary funds to operate. This conclusion could be drawn by a continuous rise in requested budgets. Because of my interest in the NPS, I am curious to see if certain parks in lower population areas are losing money and trying to compensate this loss with an influx of requested money from the government.Brandon Slaybaugh