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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.

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: February 1, 1981

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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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