Understanding and mitigating wilderness therapy impacts: The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument case study

International Journal of Wilderness
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Abstract

Studies demonstrate that wilderness therapy programs can be beneficial for participants; however, little research has explored the ecological impacts of these programs. A prominent wilderness therapy organization utilizes vast tracts of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) for programming. This study examines the specific ecological impacts stemming from the program in GSENM, concurrently with a content analysis of the training procedures administered by the organization. Results emphasize the need to improve education, training, and mitigation measures to minimize impacts stemming from this and other wilderness therapy programs in GSENM, as well as other wilderness areas in which these programs operate.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Understanding and mitigating wilderness therapy impacts: The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument case study
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
Description HTML Document
Country United States
Other Geospatial Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument