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Campers' Perceptions of Site Deterioration and Crowding

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Can campers' opinions and observations about a site serve as a workable monitor for carrying capacity? Interviews with 405 campers in two Indiana state parks indicated that few were sensitive to either resource deterioration or crowding. This result suggests that managers cannot rely on camper opinions as indicators for monitoring environmental impacts. Campers expressed support for site alterations and closures to remedy deterioration problems.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Instructor at Unity College, Unity, Maine, was Previously a Research Assistant at Purdue

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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