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Managing Ecological Impacts at Wilderness Campsites: An Evaluation of Techniques

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Visitor dispersal and campsite closure are common managerial reactions to campsite degradation in classified wilderness and other backcountry areas. Ecological research suggests that such actions will do little to improve the condition of campsites and will usually increase the areal extent of deterioration. Concentrating use on as few campsites as possible and closure on a site-by-site basis would confine inevitable damage, leaving most of the wilderness undisturbed by recreational use.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Ecologist at the Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Missoula, Montana

Publication date: 01 February 1981

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