BALANCING CONSERVATION AND VISITOR MANAGEMENT IN PROTECTED AREAS

CONSERVATION AND PROTECTED AREA VISITOR MANAGEMENT

TRC’s foundations are built upon finding the right balance between tourism, recreation and conservation. Our team of past protected area managers paired with tourism industry experts is our secret to successfully meeting this balance.  We get it, from all sides of the spectrum – people need parks and special places, to recreate, connect with nature, socialise with family and friends, to learn, grow and benefit from. Parks need people too – to care, protect, appreciate, respect and advocate for. By working alongside park managers and community stakeholders, together we achieve mutually respectful awareness of the imperatives of all concerned – the Park, the managers, the community and visitors.

Our Approach to Conservation and Protected Area Visitor Management

Visitor Management is not simply a tool used to control and manage visitor behaviour. It’s a framework that understands visitor behaviour and through education and exceptional nature-based experiences, well-planned visitor management fosters awareness and protection of park values.  Observation, open communication, monitoring, benchmarking and best practice are all aspects of conservation and visitor management that enables the balance to be sustainably adjusted to meet the needs of both park and people. 

Eco Destination – Global Green Destination Standards

A true marriage between successful and sustainable conservation and visitor management is meeting the requirements to become an ‘Eco Destination’. The Global Green Destination Standards provide an international platform for parks and protected areas to report on and celebrate best practice by finding the balance between parks and people. TRC can work through the requirements with you to help your park achieve this global recognition. 

Our balanced approach is to promote community stewardship of these natural resources, and to facilitate partnerships that assist with their management and conservation. This includes the delivery of quality experiences that meet visitor needs and expectations.

 

What we offer

TRC works with a broad range of protected area managers, developers, agencies, NGOs and their stakeholders to find the right visitor management balance.
We can help you deliver:

A strategic planning process to appropriately address visitor needs and respectfully manage the relationship between visitors, stakeholders and protected areas.

The overarching framework for all components of park and protected area management, observing global best practice principles from UNESCO and the Sustainable Development Goals.    The Park Management Plan articulates the holistic vision and outlines the strategies and actions needed to successfully achieve it.

Development of site concepts and master plans and providing support for further planning investigation and implementation. Specific projects may include visitor and cultural centres, trails, infrastructure and other recreational experiences.

Parks are full of stories about landscapes and their formation, unique plants and animals, history and modern day societies that live within or have depended upon the park, cultural values and stories on how and why the park is protected. Visitor interpretation plans are a means of defining the core themes of the park and collecting the stories that are appropriate to share. Visitor interpretation plans determine the best methods to share and present stories, through signs, visitor centres, digital, print and in-person experiences.

Formulating the justification of business cases for protected area developments and related products, including the environmental, economic, social, health and cultural benefits.

Assessment and advice on visitor and environmental monitoring and how performance can be measured and improved.

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WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

  • Attract more visitors through the development of in-park experiences and facilities that meet user needs. 

  • Keep stakeholders happy by applying best-practice planning and management techniques including innovative approaches to address concerns and aspirations.
  • Help secure grant funding by developing business cases that clearly highlight the health, economic and social benefits of in-park experiences and facilities.

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of your residents by getting them outdoors and active.

TESTIMONIALS

Gippsland Destination Management Plan

Janet and the TRC team did a great job with the Gippsland Destination Management Plan and I would recommend them to any regional tourism organisation.

Terry Robinson | CEO | Destination Gippsland

Kokoda Track Maintenance Program and Operations Manual 

The TRC team mobilised rapidly to PNG to assess and repair Kokoda Track bridges severely damaged in the very heavy wet season of last year being choppered into the remote rugged terrain of the Track. Working in very well with The Kokoda Track Authority Rangers, Kokoda Initiative and local communities their efforts and skill contributed greatly to the Kokoda Track being ready for the 2019 trekking season. Remote communities also benefited from being reconnected across the often treacherous river crossings. TRC also helped build the capacities of The Kokoda Track Authority Rangers and local communities to explore ways for future sustainable bridge building and general track maintenance works. The resultant Track Operations Manual produced by TRC is expected to be a valuable guide for future Kokoda Track works.

Damien Mate | Senior Program Manager | Kokoda Initiative Partnership

Queenstown Trails for the future 2015-2025

From the outset the TRC team were responsive, intelligent, forward thinking and always available. The Queenstown Trails Trust worked with the TRC team in 2015 to craft a 10 Year Strategic Plan. The nature of our business involves very important stakeholders, great vision and many face to face meetings to form our plan. . The result of this partnership being a very robust and well thought out plan that we are proud to utilise to assist us in setting the future path of the Queenstown Trails Trust. Interestingly – TRC also formulated the original Trails Trust plan way back in 2004 – it was great to have the opportunity of working with TRC again as they truly understand our business.

Mandy Kennedy | CEO | Queenstown Trails Trust (New Zealand)

Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Visitor Experience Strategy

TRC delivered a quality Visitor Experience Strategy for our organisation in a short timeframe. They took a practical approach that included gaining insight from the project’s key stakeholders and tied together the various elements of the project’s vision into a cohesive, actionable strategy.

Hudson Dodd | General Manager | Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust

Baw Baw Destination Action Plan, Marketing Plan & Recreational Vehicle and Tourism Signage Plan

TRC’s expertise in developing successful strategies regarding visitor economies and regional tourism proved extremely helpful to Baw Baw Shire Council when it sought guidance in enhancing its own Tourism Marketing Strategy, as well as in creating detailed action plans for three hero destinations across the Shire.

Mark Kestigian | Executive Manager Communications & Economic Development | Baw Baw Shire Council

Destination Management Plan for Destination Southern NSW

TRC prepared and finalised our Regional Destination Management Plan on time and on budget. TRC provided great professional advice throughout the project – they also took on board the view and guidance we gave. From the outset we wanted a strong partnership with our contractor and that is exactly what we got from TRC – beginning to end.

General Manager | Destination Southern NSW

Wellington Regional Trails Framework

In 2017 TRC worked with land managers and stakeholders from around the Wellington Region to develop the Wellington Regional Trails Framework. TRC’s destination management expertise, experience and professional approach was critical to the success of this ambitious project, that has seen 11 different agencies align their approaches and come together to move Wellington from an ‘under the radar’ network of tracks to a world class trails destination for residents and visitors alike.

Sarah Murray | Community Partnerships Manager | Parks, Sport and Recreation | Wellington City Council

Concept Plan for Adventure Cycling in the Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park

TRC Tourism’s Concept Plan for Adventure Cycling in the Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park exceeded expectations. The case it presents for a new, nationally significant tourism product is so compelling it has attracted immediate government investment and presents exciting opportunities for private investors and Aboriginal Traditional Owners.

Mac Moyses | Director Planning | NT Parks and Wildlife Commission

Hamilton and Waikato Tourism Opportunities Plan

During 2016, the TRC team worked with Hamilton & Waikato Tourism and regional stakeholders to develop a comprehensive Tourism Opportunities Plan to identify opportunities for new and improved visitor experiences that had the greatest potential to drive growth. The TRC team brought significant experience in destination management and planning and a fresh perspective to the project. They were excellent to work with, engaged effectively with stakeholders and applied critical insights and analysis to complex issues.

Kiri Goulter

Tourism Infrastructure Audit for Northern Tasmania

Tourism Northern Tasmania set out to define the private and public sector investment needed to sustain intelligent growth in the visitor economy for the region. TRC and their associates provided the well-rounded analysis, consultation and reporting that resulted in a clear vision of what to develop, where across Northern Tasmania. Less than six months from endorsing the final work and we are already seeing significant progress on three key infrastructure projects as well as active interest from private sector investors to take on opportunities profiled in work.

Chris Griffin | CEO | Tourism Northern Tasmania

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary Concept and Interpretation Plan

I really appreciated the TRC Team’s professional and honest opinions in the final report and the thorough and thoughtful approach with our stakeholders.

Jasmine Foxlee | Manager Community and Visitor Programs (Acting) | Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) | Environment and Planning Directorate

Coastal Pacific Trail Feasibility Assessment

With the November 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake, a potential opportunity was raised to develop a cycle trail from Picton to Kaikoura. TRC were engaged to perform an initial feasibility investigation. TRC were very professional and were able to provide independent guidance in their report on how governance structures should be set up should the project proceed, with likely jobs generated for the region. They delivered on time and to budget.

Richard Coningham | Manager Assets and Services | Marlborough District Council

Visitor Experience Strategy for Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

In engaging TRC Tourism the ACT Parks & Conservation Service was seeking to develop a holistic Visitor Experience Strategy for Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. As an iconic destination Tidbinbilla is ideally positioned to leverage from the emerging nature based tourism appetite for authentic experiences in a natural setting. Working with all stakeholders in a collaborative, intuitive manner TRC Tourism delivered a high quality outcome. A strategic blue print for the future.

Brett McNamara | Regional Manager | Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Namadgi National Park

New Zealand National Wetlands Trust Feasibility Study

Being a nationally significant project that will rely on tourist visits for its long-term financial sustainability, it’s crucial we get the best advice from professionals in the industry. TRC was our first port of call for a reality check on the feasibility of our proposal.

Karen Denyer | Executive Officer | National Wetland Trust

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