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Hiker Diversity in Backcountry Areas--Implications for Planning and Management

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The level of experience, desired psychological experiences, and management preferences were compared among hikers in three backcountry primitive areas. Significant differences in all three sets of variables among study areas suggest that recreationists choosing the same Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) land class are seeking a variety of experiences. The authors argue that more information is needed by managers and planners about the nature of in-class diversity, an issue which is often overlooked in current ROS planning. West. J. Appl. For. 3(2):49-52, April 1988.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Forest Resources, Utah State University, Logan 84322

Publication date: April 1, 1988

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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