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Does Wilderness Designation Lead to Increased Recreational Use?

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A study of recreation users in the Rattle-snake National Recreation Area and Wilderness prior to and following congressional designation of the area reveals little support for the commonly held belief that designation of areas inevitably leads to dramatic increases in visitor use. Results from the study suggest that changes in use patterns are probably more complex than once believed and that causal factors inducing such changes are many.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Wildland Recreation Management, School of Forestry, University of Montana, Missoula

Publication date: January 1, 1985

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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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