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An examination of sustainable agricultural practices of small scale dairy farms in the Adirondack North Country of Upstate New York

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 09:14
Abstract: This study examines the sustainable practices of small scale dairy farms in the Adirondack North Country of Upstate New York. The results of this study can assist farmers in developing and implementing sustainable agriculture practices specific for small scale dairy farms in the North Country. Methods for research include farm tours as well as in person interviews with the farmers which will provide an understanding of what farming practices are currently being implemented as well as identifying what potential practices may be implemented. The information that is gathered can also be helpful with legislative processes. It may provide law makers and various agencies with valuable information that can help create guidelines and regulations that support sustainable farming methods as well as assist farmers in understanding their challenges and successes in reaching both economic and environmental sustainability
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Major: Natural Resources Management and Policy
Year: 2016
Authors: Steven Vincent

The Distribution of Northern Harriers (Circus cyaneus) in Northern New York State in Relation to the Availability of Habitat Types

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 18:55
Abstract: Northern Harriers (Circus cyaneus), a bird of prey species, are widely distributed throughout the United States generally at low densities. Harriers are found in New York State, although they are less common than in the Midwest. As the harrier is a species of concern in some regions, it is important to understand how land cover types can affect the distribution of Northern Harriers over time, within a given area. Specifically, this study investigated whether the distributions of Northern Harriers are dependent upon habitat type, and if the frequency of habitat types significantly affects the abundance of Northern Harriers. The area selected for this study includes the majority of New York State to the North and East of Watertown. This region was selected because data indicates that harrier populations have declined from 1980 to 2005. In addition, this region encompasses mountainous areas as well as lower, relatively flatter land outside of the Adirondacks which represents most of New York State. Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems were utilized to determine land cover types for the region. These land cover types were then combined with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Breeding Bird Atlas survey blocks. Dominant cover types for each survey block were determined, and the region as a whole was compared to survey blocks within which harriers were present. This process was completed for the years 1984 and 2005, two years in which the Breeding Bird Atlas data were collected for New York State. By using Remote Sensing and GIS, a clearer understanding of the relationship between cover type frequency and harrier presence was possible. Results indicate that Northern Harriers are significantly selecting habitat from land cover types in a proportion different to that which is available. Land cover in this region has shifted throughout the time covered in this study. In addition, a trend of open habitat being chosen over closed canopy habitat is evident. Understanding harrier selection of land cover types can greatly affect management strategies, practices and funding, as the specie is listed as threatened in New York State. The results of this study support much of the available scientific literature on harriers, which state that harriers require a combination of open canopy habitats, including early successional habitat with low vegetative cover.
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Major: Forestry, Natural Resources Management and Policy
Year: 2012
Authors: Kelly Hoffman

An Analysis of Possible Forest Type Shifts due to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion in the Northern Hardwood Forest of Hebron, NY

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 18:10
Abstract: The Asian Longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) is an invasive alien insect that poses a severe threat to forests of the northeastern United States. If this insect is allowed to run rampant through our forests there will be huge economic and ecological implications. This study hopes to provide a better understanding of these potential implications and provide potential policies for managing and controlling this insect that has potentially devastating effects on the hardwood forests of the northeast. The study on hand will explore the effects on current forest types in Hebron, NY and what future regeneration may look like in the aftermath of an ALB infestation. ALB has the potential to completely change not only the landscape but also alter current markets based around the northern hardwood stand type. This study was designed to attempt to grasp the magnitude and effects of an infestation by ALB. Current policies were reviewed to attempt to create a possible set of management strategies that could be used to minimize the effects of the ALB. Possible forest type shifts were predicted for the area based upon species range and soil types present in the study area. It is important to understand not only what ALB is capable of but also what can be expected to happen if or when it does move through the area.
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Major: Forestry, Natural Resources Management and Policy
Year: 2012
File Attachments: Complete Project.docx
Authors: Leonard Jenkins, Robert Bell, Schuyler VanAuken

Sharing the John Dillon Park Experience with More Visitors: A marketing and management strategy, to increase visitor usage concentrating on organizations for people with disabilities and Veterans

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 17:54
Abstract: International Paper John Dillon Park (JDP) is a fully accessible campground managed by Paul Smith's College (PSC). Fully accessible means it was designed so anyone, regardless of the presence of a disability, can utilize the facility. The campground has not been near full capacity since it was opened in 2006. PSC wishes to increase those visitor numbers concentrating on Veterans and organizations for people with disabilities. A survey was conducted of the current park visitors to obtain information needed to help define the desired demographic and other information needed for the marketing strategy of JDP. These visitor responses showed that PSC needs to concentrate its marketing efforts into better contact with its current users to stimulate return users, make a few changes to the facilities themselves, and advertise within magazines, Veteran organizations, organizations for people with disabilities and Fort Drum. Also, the responses informed PSC that it needs to provide for the recollection phase of the recreational experience by selling JDP souvenirs. With an increase in the visitor usage of JDP, more people will be able to appreciate the serenity of nature and the camping experience JDP offers to all people.
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Major: Forestry, Natural Resources Management and Policy
Year: 2012
File Attachments: Jeffrey T. Bellaire.pdf
Authors: Jeffrey T. Bellaire

Rising to the Top: A study of upscale properties and the attributes they value in potential employees

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 22:07
Abstract: In upscale, luxury based, hotel properties customer service is essential. Properties require new hires to participate in management training programs. Specific knowledge, skills and abilities are essential to gain entry into these programs. This descriptive study seeks to discover how upscale management training programs rank these attributes in potential employees. This study will use a web-based survey instrument. Data will be analyzed in aggregate to identify common requirements. This study may be valuable to baccalaureate hospitality programs and students interested in identifying the value upscale properties place on knowledge, skills and abilities of potential employees.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
File Attachments: DEMEYER FINAL CAPSTONE.docx
Authors: Mitchell DeMeyer

Sports Tournaments: A Study of the Economic Impact on Hotels in Small Communities

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 21:58
Abstract: Sports tourism is an emerging tourism niche market recognized as having the capacity to draw visitors to a city or region. What is not known is whether or not this is a trend for small communities. The purpose of this qualitative exploratory study is to seek understanding of the unknown phenomenon of small scale tournament sports tourism events and their effect on hotels in small communities. Through surveys, data will be collected, analyzed, and coded under different categories of economic impact on hotels including average daily rate, revenue per available room, and additional costs incurred when hosting guests associated with sports tournaments. This study will be significant for hotels in small communities looking to host participants and observers of tournament sports tourism events.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
Authors: Emily O'Hara

Managing Technology: A look into hoteliers’ use of current technological trends.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 21:09
Abstract: The speed at which technology is evolving has led to industry changes across the world. Changes in the hotel industry have influenced the lodging experience for leisure and business travelers. Hoteliers are faced with the expectation of providing an ‘at home’ or ‘in the office’ experience while optimizing their design to provide the technological comforts that have become standard in a lodging experience. The purpose of this study is to analyze the difference between manager’s technological offerings and current lodging technological trends. The managers will be selected and interviewed to gauge the importance of technology trends, their implication, and their future— while keeping the consumer in mind to provide a high quality lodging product. With the tabulation and analysis of this data one will be able to judge the demand for cutting edge technology and make observations about future trends in the lodging industry.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
File Attachments: BEATTIE FINAL CAPSTONE.docx
Authors: Lauren Beattie

Beyond The Links: A Study of Golf Tourism Amenities

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 19:48
Abstract: Golf tourism is a continually growing trend within the golf industry. This capstone determined to what extent amenities play a factor in the choosing of destinations by golf tourists, this relational study will explain the possible relationship between amenities and choice of destination by golf tourists. The availability of amenities relates to tourist choices of vacation destination for golf tourists was determined by this capstone. Data was collected through online surveys distributed to golf tourists. The activity that this study included was surveying and data collection. The data that was collected returned in the form of scales which will make for easier data analysis. This study has yielded data that would be useful for many communities around the country that have a golf aspect to their economy. Some possible organizations that could use the data that this study attains would be organizations like chambers of commerce in areas with golf courses and golf tourists.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
File Attachments: JDILLON FINAL CAPSTONE.docx
Authors: John Dillon

“I’m a server, not a doctor. You’re allergic to what?” The need for expansion of food allergy training practices within the food service industry specifically focused on front of the house employees.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:18
Abstract: The number of food allergy sufferers in the United States has dramatically increased in the last 15 years. It is estimated that approximately 15 million individuals in the United States have food related allergies; of that 15 million, an estimated 6 million are children. Due to the high percentage of customers with food related allergies, the restaurant industry has been forced to adjust to the needs of clientele to maintain a diverse customer base. This study seeks to determine if a food allergy training course should be instituted in the food service industry. Survey data will be gathered from restaurants in the Lake Placid/Saranac Lake region of New York to determine current training policies, level of knowledge, and communication procedures. Furthermore, the study will investigate if a food allergy training course is present at each restaurant surveyed. If not, the level of training staff have and overall knowledge regarding food allergies will also be examined. The results will then be compiled to generate a report of recommendations regarding the need for a food allergy training course and the information that should be considered within the course. The goal of this project is to ensure sufficient education for restaurant staff, providing exceptional service and safety for all clients.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
File Attachments: O'REILLY FINAL CAPSTONE.doc
Authors: Ashley O'Reilly

Vine to Table: A Study of Millennial Consumers' Quality Perception of Wine on Tap

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:11
Abstract: There is a trend present in the wine industry for restaurant and bar establishments to use wine kegs to serve their wines by the glass through a draft system accompanied by a growing consumption rate of wine drinkers in the millennial generation. Restaurant and bar establishments need to recognize the growing consumption of wines by the glass in the millennial generational cohort because they are the future of industry trends. This exploratory study sought to determine to what extent millennial consumers’ perception of the wine quality is affected by keg packaging. An online survey was administered to millennial consumers to help such establishments understand the acceptability of wine keg draft systems for their growing market demographic through statistical data that was collected.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
File Attachments: WALLACE FINAL CAPSTONE.doc
Authors: Alexis Wallace