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Research Projects

  • Landscapes of Resilience – TKF Foundation funded research in Joplin, MO and Queens, NY: Exploring How Nature Can Influence and Strengthen Restoration in Times of Crisis
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  •  REWORRRS –  USDA-NIFA funded Returning Warriors Outdoor Recreation, Restoration, and Resilience Study- This qualitative study documents the proliferation of outdoor recreation and restoration activities in the US as both an aid in transition from combatant to civilian, and as a therapeutic modality.  A focus of the study is a dataset of interviews with combat wounded veterans while engaged in outdoor recreation, and analysis via multiple methods.

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  • New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms and Emergencies (NYS RISE) – a preparedness research center, combining leading thinkers from academia, government, and first responders to provide timely, unbiased, peer reviewed scientific information and intellectual resources to policymakers and stakeholders. SPEARis involved in Rapid Warning System evaluation and innovation, to include broader use of the state cooperative extension system.






  • UK/US Collaboration on Veteran Reintegration through Recreation and Restoration – Dr. Tidball of SPEAR4 has recently been named a Senior Visiting Scholar at the University of Bath to work with colleagues in the UK to research linkages between outdoor recreation and restoration programs conducted in the US and the UK for veterans and military families. Efforts are underway to secure funding for this research collaboration. Partners in the UK include the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and Help for Heroes and in the US include Sierra Club Outdoors and Project Healing Waters.

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