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What Managers Are Saying -- and Doing -- about Wilderness Experience Programs

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A survey of wilderness managers in federal agencies revealed concerns about the impacts of wilderness experience programs, whose participants seek personal growth, therapy, or education through wilderness activity. Some managers call for more restrictive policies, but many believe more cooperation between program leaders and agency managers can resolve the problems. Better understanding of this growing use of wilderness will help agencies work with programs to reduce ecological impact on the land and conflicts among users.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Resource Recreation and Tourism, University of Idaho

Publication date: August 1, 1998

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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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