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Recreational Carrying Capacity Reconsidered

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Because recreation areas produce psychological experiences, acceptable levels of use depend greatly on desired qualities of experience, management patterns, and such off-site factors as alternative opportunities and visitor characteristics. Emphasis on carrying capacity may focus so much attention on physical site factors that equally important factors are overlooked, especially those concerning a balanced system of recreation opportunities.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Leader, Environmental Interpretation Research, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, in cooperation with the College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle

Publication date: May 1, 1974

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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