John Daigle

Professor of Forest Recreation ManagementPicture of John Daigle
221 Nutting Hall Orono, ME 04469-5755
207.581.2850; fax 207.581.2875


  • Ph.D. University of Massachusetts (1997)
  • M.S. Colorado State University (1990)
  • B.S. University of Maine (1986)

I teach upper-division undergraduate courses as well as a graduate level courses designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the social values, human behaviors, social conflicts, and public processes associated with recreation resources management.  Research conducted over the past ten years has examined benefits associated with outdoor recreation such as hunting, wildlife viewing, and outdoor recreation unrelated to wildlife.  Other research projects include visitor experience studies for a number of recreation settings in Maine including the St. Croix International Waterway, Allagash Wilderness Waterway and Maine Island Trail.  I’ve worked on alternative transportation and traveler information studies at Acadia National Park and currently serve on a committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering that focuses on transportation needs for national parks and public lands.  My current research focuses on public access for recreation on private lands in the northeastern United States and I’ve begun to develop a research prospectus on examining social and cultural impacts of climate change on certain outdoor activities and groups of people.

Before coming to UMaine in 1998, I worked approximately 10 years with the National Park Service as a Park Ranger and U.S. Forest Service as a Research Forester.