Zone Management: Key to Controlling Recreational Impact in Developed Campsites

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Review of the literature indicates that recreation impact occurs rapidly whenever a new site is opened. Rotation of impact zones seems impractical because degradation is usually rapid and restoration slow. But since impact generally occurs in well-defined spatial patterns, three zones of management are proposed to guide designers in site layout and managers in their daily maintenance decisions. Much can be done to channel heavy use into impact zones, hardened and culturally treated to resist gross deterioration. Then semi-natural intersite zones and buffer zones, if properly designed and managed, can provide the vegetative cover that gives outdoor sites their appeal.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Samuel Trask Dana Professor of Outdoor Recreation, University of Michigan

Publication date: February 1, 1976

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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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