Zone Management: Key to Controlling Recreational Impact in Developed Campsites
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.
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Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Samuel Trask Dana Professor of Outdoor Recreation, University of Michigan
Publication date: 1976-02-01
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