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Camping impact management at Isle Royale National Park: an evaluation of visitor activity containment policies from the perspective of social conditions

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Abstract

A survey of backcountry and wilderness campsites at Isle Royale National Park reveals that the park?s policies for managing visitor impacts have been remarkably effective in limiting the areal extent of camping-related disturbance. However, the dense spatial arrangement of designated campsites within backcountry campgrounds has also contributed to problems with visitor crowding and conflict. Only 9% of the sites had no other sites visible, while 22% had three or more other sites visible. Mean intersite distance was only 76 feet, and 34% of the sites are within 50 feet of another site. Visitor education programs and selected relocation of sites could reduce these social problems.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Camping impact management at Isle Royale National Park: an evaluation of visitor activity containment policies from the perspective of social conditions
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Publisher location:
Ogden, UT
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Proceedings: Wilderness Science in a Time of Change, May 23-27, 1999, Missoula, MT. Vol. 5, Wilderness ecosystems, threats, and management
First page:
110
Last page:
114