The science of trail surveys: Recreation ecology provides new tools for managing wilderness trails

Park Science
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Abstract

Recreation ecology examines the effects of recreation on protected area ecosystems. One core focus of recreation ecology research is trail science, including the development of efficient protocols to assess and monitor the type and severity of resource impacts, analyses to improve knowledge of factors that influence trail conditions, and studies to assist land managers in improving trail design, maintenance, and visitor management. This article reviews alternative trail survey methodologies most useful for the management of wilderness and backcountry trail networks. Illustrations and implications from survey data for trail planning, design, and management are included.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The science of trail surveys: Recreation ecology provides new tools for managing wilderness trails
Series title Park Science
Volume 28
Issue 3
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher National Park Service
Publisher location Denver, CO
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Park Science
Country United States