Conflicting messages about camping near waterbodies in wilderness: A review of the scientific basis and need for flexibility

International Journal of Wilderness
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Abstract

The preceding article by C. B. Griffin examines the differences in recommended camping distance from waterbodies from a perspective that there should be consistency between the guidance provided by land management agencies and low impact education and communication programs, such as Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly. We concur that regulatory and messaging consistency is a beneficial mutual goal and suggest that it’s time to reexamine the biophysical and social scientific basis for such guidance, historical precedents, alternative management options, and where there are needs for flexibility. We also identify possible additional research needs and suggest alternative actions based on the current body of research.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Conflicting messages about camping near waterbodies in wilderness: A review of the scientific basis and need for flexibility
Series title International Journal of Wilderness
Volume 24
Issue 2
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher WILD Foundation
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
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