20 - 23 October 1999   -    Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
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updated 23July 1999

Purpose and Themes

The movement of people, money and ideas across space has never been more fluid than today. While much of this tends to be generated by and between metropolitan centers, profound impacts are also being felt in rural areas which have been heretofore protected by their very isolation.

This conference will examine the processes and impacts on rural environments of globalization and the movement of people between rural and urban places for permanent (migration) and temporary (tourism) purposes. Although broad in scope, particular attention will focus on the following themes:

The Rural-Urban Interface: Conceptualizing the ‘rural' and defining where and how it interfaces with the ‘urban', how this interface evolves over time, and the impacts of urban changes on rural places, including their use for tourism, retirement and alternative e-office purposes.

The Regulation of Rural Land Use and Sustainability: Assessing how regulations at different geographic scales shape rural development and the role of individual and organizational agency in this process, including aspects of public land resource management for both economic and recreation uses.

Entrepreneurism and the Selling of Rural Environments: Examining issues of sustainability as they support and conflict with entrepreneurial activities, including tourism and the commodification of rural landscapes and cultures, and resulting employment and migration patterns.

Physical and Cultural Change in Rural Landscapes: Identifying the character and process of past and emerging rural landscapes, from wilderness areas to small communities, and how changing behaviors and values at national and global scales are creating influencing even the most remote rural environments.

Preliminary Program

October 20 Wed    
- evening reception/welcome/opening session - guest speakers on tourism and economic development on Southwest Native American Researvation Lands
October 21 Thu    
- concurrent paper sessions    
- banquet and entertainment at the Mormon Lake Lodge (a cowboy steakhouse with live cowboy entertainment)
October 22 Fri    
- concurrent paper sessions; closing session    
- Flagstaff nightlife in the evening - to downtown brew pubs or the Museum Club (the classic old Route 66 road house and cowboy bar)
October 23 Sat    
- optional field trips to either the Grand Canyon, Navajo & Hopi Reservations, or Flagstaff Arboretum & Hart Prairie Preserve (see below for details)
- depending on the response, the closing session may be held on Saturday morning


Conference Venue:
Hampton Inn & Suites, 2400 S. Beulah Blvd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Conference room rate: US$60.16 (single or double room, including taxes; free daily breakfast; suites are also available at higher rates)


Conference Registration:

Registration Fee:RegularStudent or Spouse
Prior to 1 July 1999# US $ 85.00US $ 45.00
After 1 July 1999US $ 100.00US $ 65.00

Registration includes: evening reception on 20 October, transportation and dinner on 21 October, transportation only for evening activities on 22 October, program packet, entry to all sessions, and break refreshments.  Registered spouses do not receive the program packet

#Early Registration has been extended to 1 August 1999 for Full and Corresponding Members of the conference's sponsoring organizations of the IGU: Sustinable Tourism Study Group, Rural Environments Commission, and Population and Environment Commission.
Optional Field Trips (on 23 October)(includes lunch)
Permanence and Change on the Navajo and Hopi Indian Reservations *US $ 35
Grand Canyon National Park and its Environs **US $ 45
Flagstaff Arboretum and The Nature Conservancy's Hart Prairie Preserve ***US $ 30

* Tentative itinerary includes a visits to the 'Route 66' community of Winslow, lunch at the Hopi Cultural Center and a tour of a Hopi village, and a stop at the Tuba City Trading Post.
** In addition to the scenic beauty of the Grand Canyon, this field trip will focus major development pressures in and around the National Park.
*** The Arboretum at Flagstaff is the highest altitude research arboretum in the world, pioneering new plants and cultivation techniques for high-altitude environments. The Arizona Nature Conservancy purchases land for conservation management and education purposes. At Hart Prairie participants will be introduced to the Conservancy's ecosystem management practices and educational outreach programs.

Paper Abstract Submission Deadline:   1 July 1999


IMPORTANT: There will be another, probably much larger, conference in Flagstaff at about the same time as Sustaining Rural Environments. Because of this it is recommended that you make your travel arrangements early.

FLAGSTAFF  -- The city of Flagstaff (pop. 55,000) is located at 7000 feet (2130 meters) at the base of the San Francisco Peaks and is the home to Northern Arizona University. The Grand Canyon is 80 miles (130 km) to the north and the Navajo and Hopi Indian Reservations are nearby to the northeast. Flagstaff is a scenic 2 hours drive (30 minute flight) from Phoenix, Arizona's international airport. (For more information visit:

How to Get to Flagstaff - Click Here for information
Flagstaff/NAU Live Cam - View the NAU Campus and San Francisco Peaks Live on the WWW


All abstracts will be published in the Conference Proceedings, which will be distributed at the conference. If you wish to have a full paper published in the proceedings, please submit this by 15 August 1999 in digital form (by e-mail or on disk) to the conference organizer (e-mail:

Papers from the conference will also be considered for publications related to the IGU Sustainable Tourism Study Groups research initiative on migration and tourism, as well as for inclusion in journals including Current Issues in Tourism and Tourism Geographies.  Presenters interested in publication may wish to bring copies of their papers formatted for one these two journals.

Conference Organizer:
Alan A. Lew
Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation, Box 15016
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-5016, USA
Tel: 1(928) 523-6567; Fax: 1(928) 523-2275; e-mail:

Conference Sponsored by:
- Geography of Sustainable Tourism Study Group, International Geographical Union (
- Sustainable Rural Systems Commission, International Geographical Union (
- Population and the Environment Commission, International Geographical Union.
- Rural Geography Masters Degree Program, Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation, Northern Arizona University (

Conference Committee:
- Duane Nellis, Univ. of West Virginia, USA
- Allan Williams, Exeter Univ., UK
- Alina Potrykowska, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

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