Indicators and protocols for monitoring impacts of formal and informal trails in protected areas

Journal of Tourism and Leisure Studies
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Abstract

Trails are a common recreation infrastructure in protected areas and their conditions affect the quality of natural resources and visitor experiences. Various trail impact indicators and assessment protocols have been developed in support of monitoring programs, which are often used for management decision-making or as part of visitor capacity management frameworks. This paper reviews common indicators and assessment protocols for three types of trails, surfaced formal trails, unsurfaced formal trails, and informal (visitor-created) trails. Monitoring methods and selected data from three U.S. National Park Service units are presented to illustrate some common trail impact indicators and assessment options.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Indicators and protocols for monitoring impacts of formal and informal trails in protected areas
Series title Journal of Tourism and Leisure Studies
Volume 17
Issue 2
Year Published 2011
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 22 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Tourism and Leisure Studies
First page 215
Last page 236
Country United States