Conflicting messages about camping near waterbodies in wilderness: A review of the scientific basis and need for flexibility
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 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|
|Contributing office(s)||Patuxent Wildlife Research Center|