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Compliance with Backcountry Permits in Mount McKinley National Park

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While 93 percent of hikers sampled in 1978 had a permit, about half of this group deviated to some extent from the trip described on the document. Roughly half of the hikers who changed their planned trip did so for reasons they could not control or anticipate (e.g., bad weather, rugged terrain, injury). Most of those who hiked without a permit and about half of those who changed their trip did not support the permit system or could not obtain the park zone they preferred. Compliers and partial compliers strongly supported the system: noncompliers were less favorable but some of them expressed support. An inference from the study is that managers could improve compliance by providing hikers with detailed information about their planned trips and by making the permit system as unrestrictive as possible.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Associate with Cooperative Park Studies Unit, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle

Publication date: 1981-03-01

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