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Dr. Steven W. Burr

Dr. Steven W. Burr

Environment & Society

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office Hours: By Appointment, Office Location Moab Education Center
IconPhone: 435-797-5120


Mailing Address:
USU Moab
125 West 200 South
Moab, UT 84532


ENVS 3400- Fundamentals of Tourism
ENVS 4130/6130 - Recreation Policy Planning
ENVS 4500- Wildland Recreation Behavior
ENVS 4550/6900- Recreation Use Monitoring and Assessment
ENVS 4920- Special Projects in Recreation Resources Management

Graduate Students:
Chris Binder- Master's of Natural Resources

Other Departmental and Program Affiliations:
Institute for Outdoor Recreation & Tourism
Natural Resources and Environmental Education


Steve Burr is an Associate Professor of Recreation Resources Management, Extension Specialist in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, and former Director of the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. 

Steve is based at the USU-Moab Center in Utah’s Canyonlands Country, and teaches and advises students in the Recreation Resources Management undergraduate degree program via USU’s Regional Campuses and Distance Education, working to prepare students for careers in public lands recreation management.

Steve’s Extension work involves serving on boards, advisory committees, and task forces focused on outdoor recreation and tourism on public lands in Utah. He has also advised communities and counties on tourism development and even consulted with farmers and ranchers in the development of agritourism resources. Steve served for six years on the Utah Office of Tourism Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and is liaison to the Utah Council for Outdoor Recreation (UCOR), which he chairs. Steve also serves as Executive Vice-President for Education and Outreach on the Friends of Utah State Parks Board. In 2014, Steve was re-appointed by Secretary of Interior Jewell to the BLM-Utah Resource Advisory Council (RAC) representing dispersed recreation and serving as the Recreation RAC Coordinator. In the past, Steve was an Executive Council Member of the Bear River Heritage Area, and chair of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee, representing social sciences.

Current areas of interest, expertise, and research include: wildland outdoor recreation and natural resources-based tourism policy, planning, and management; sustainable community tourism development; and the human dimensions of natural resources management.

Curriculum Vitae