CLEMSON, S.C. — A University of Vermont professor was presented the Benton H. Box Award Sept. 29 at Clemson University’s annual George B. Hartzog Environmental Awards luncheon.

Robert Manning is a professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, where he teaches and conducts a program of research on the history, philosophy and management of parks, wilderness and related areas. He also is director of the university’s Park Studies Laboratory.

The Benton H. Box Award recognizes a teacher who “inspires in students the quest for knowledge and encourages curriculum innovation,” especially that which involves the environmental ethic.

Manning has published widely on the issues of carrying capacity of parks, outdoor recreation and park management, and has authored a number of books. He spent four-year sabbatical leaves at Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Washington office of the National Park Service, to learn how parks really work. 

Many of Manning’s students have gone on to careers in managing national and state parks and forests, and several former doctoral students are on the faculty at some of the leading universities in the field, including Arizona State University, Colorado State University, Virginia Tech University and Clemson University. 

Brett Wright, chairman of the Clemson University Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM), presented the award at the annual program and lecture series named for Hartzog, director of the National Park Service from 1964 through 1972.

The Hartzog Fund at Clemson University allows the PRTM department to sponsor the Hartzog Lecture Series in Resource Management.

Established in 1966, Clemson’s PRTM department is one of the largest and oldest of its type in North America. The department has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the National Park Service and other federal and state land management agencies.  


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