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Recreation ecology research findings: Implications for wilderness and park managers

Session title: Access and management: Public land perplexities --balancing resource protection and recreation.
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Edited by:
Hannah Kirchner

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Abstract

Recreationists unintentionally trample vegetation, erode soil, and disturb wildlife. Such human-related impacts present a dilemma for managers charged with the dual objectives of providing recreational opportunities and preserving natural environments. This paper presents some of the principal findings and management implications from research on visitor impacts to protected areas, termed recreation ecology research. This field of study seeks to identify the type and extent of resource impacts and to evaluate relationships between use-related, environmental, and managerial factors. The capabilities and managerial utility of recreation impact monitoring are also described.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Recreation ecology research findings: Implications for wilderness and park managers
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
Publisher:
Izaak Walton League of America
Publisher location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
308
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
Larger Work Title:
National Outdoor Ethic Conference Proceedings, April 18-21, 1996, St. Louis, Missouri, New directions for responsible outdoor recreation
First page:
188
Last page:
196
Number of Pages:
308