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Redistributing Backcountry Use Through Information Related To Recreation Experiences

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A controlled experiment in Yellowstone National Park tested a "trail selector" consisting of a brochure and map containing information designed to enable visitors to select trails offering the type of recreation experience they desired and to provide alternatives to the most highly used trails. In decision-tree format, the trail selector gave information on specific backcountry characteristics for 28 lightly used trails. The experiment demonstrated that simple information about trail attributes could redistribute use. Recreationists considered the trail selector useful, most said they would use it in planning subsequent trips, main, had showed it to others planning a backcountry trip in the study area.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor and Head of Resource Recreation Management, Oregon State University, Corvallis

Publication date: June 1, 1982

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