Question Description

Looking at the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks create a PowerPoint presentation of approximately 30-35 slides with the primary goals of:

  • Describing the management plan using the grading criteria below
  • Critiquing and analyzing the plan using information gathered from peer-reviewed primary scientific literature and course materials

NOTE: (I already included the management plan link source for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks at the bottom, and also peer review reference sources that are to be used at the bottom of this page)

The vast majority of your points on this project come from the critique and analysis. Critique and analysis means that you look at each type of management plan being done at your site and using peer-reviewed primary scientific research and course materials to evaluate the management strategies being used for specific species, habitats, and other issues at your site.

For example, in this cause your site has active management for an Bears, then you’d find the recovery plan for bears and the most recent scientific work on that bear to supplement the recovery plan and use those sources as evidence to evaluate the effectiveness and appropriateness of the management. Or if your site uses a particular management strategy such as prescribed fire, then you’d find the peer-reviewed primary scientific research that speaks to that strategy at your site or sites that are similar. Those are just 2 examples of the sorts of things you might encounter and how you would handle them.

You should have 5-10+ sources and you must also cite them on each slide (APA style) and on one of your final slides, which should be a References slide. Your references should management plan as well appropriate peer-reviewed primary scientific literature, government and NGO reports, and other appropriately scholarly material.

NOTE: ( I already included the management plan link source for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks at the bottom, and also peer review reference sources that are to be used at the bottom of this page)

Don’t forget that you must cite the sources of your images as well as your data/information. Images can be cited in the same way as text using standard APA citation style. Use appropriate citations throughout the presentation for each fact or figure shown. Information sources should be cited on each slide next to the information, just like you’d do in a paper.

Then have a “References” slide at the end using the full APA style reference for each, these should be alphabetized. Image sources can be cited on the slide itself or at the end on a separate “Image Sources” slide – where they would be organized by slide number. Follow APA format for the reference citations both within your writing and in your references section at the end of your presentation. If you do not have a copy of the APA style manual, be sure to review guidance in the APUS library writing center or other reputable sources.

You will be graded here on the professional nature and effectiveness of your presentation as well as the content. You will want to use a consistent and appropriately professional theme for your graphics and color scheme, fonts, etc. When doing presentations you want to use bulleted or numbered lists instead of large unbroken blocks of text. Never have a slide without a title to guide your reader/listener.

Be sure it is 100% clear to your Instructor what items in your presentation are simply a report of what is in the plan vs. your analysis/critique of it.

One approach is to have the presentation of the management item and then the analysis & critique of that item on the same slide or one followed by the other. Another way is to do all of the reporting in the first part of your presentation and then end with all the slides of your analysis & critique. Either way be sure your bullet points and slide titles are very clear which is which.

PLEASE follow this rubric for the power point:

Final Project Grading Summary

1) Introduction to the Park/Refuge/Forest (10 points – see breakdown below)

1a: formation history such as when the site was established and under what conditions (2.5 points)

1b: brief intro to the managing agency (e.g, USFWS, BLM, USFS, etc.) (2.5 points)

1c: location information, including a map (2.5 points)

1d: important land use and other historical or traditional use information (2.5 points)

2) Management Plan overview (10 points – see breakdown below)

2a: history of the plan including type, date accepted, date(s) revised, etc. (2.5 points)

2b: management philosophy (2.5 points)

2c: primary management issues/problems (2.5 points)

2d: products extracted/used (2.5 points)
3) A critical evaluation of management plan, incorporating course topics and scientific evidence (30 points)
4) Appropriate type and number of sources, properly cited within the writing and at the end of the essay (20 points)
6) Mechanics: organization, length, writing style, grammar, spelling, etc. (10 points)

7) Presentation style & effectiveness (10 points)

8) No Plagiarizing (10 points)

Links for the Management Plans

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Service. (30 April 2019). Natural Resources Management Plan. Retrieved from

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Service. (30 April 2019). Bear Management Plan. Retrieved from

Sequoia and Kings Canyon General Management Plan and Comprehensive River Management Plan (plans found in pdf files at the bottom of the website)-