These data were collected using funding from the U.S. Government and can be used without additional permissions or fees. If you use these data in a publication, presentation, or other research product please use the following citation:
Cole, David N. 2013. Campsite condition data for four South-Central Wildernesses in Arkansas, Illinois, and Missouri. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2013-0014
This data publication contains conditions of 91 campsites spread over four wilderness areas in the South-Central United States. Recreation impact was studied in Caney Creek, Upper Buffalo, Hercules Glades, and Garden of the Gods Wildernesses. Campsites were measured in 1993-1994, and Caney Creek campsites were measured again in 2007. Data include basic campsite measurements such as condition class, vegetation type, soils, dominant species, landform, distance to trail, distance to water, number of fire rings, tree damage, and other standard campsite data. A subsample (21 sites) of the non-trace campsites were assessed in more detail and data such as campsite area, ground vegetation (stone, forbs, grass, shrub, moss/lichen, etc.) and seedling counts were measured and similar data collected for a comparable control site. Additional measurements for these non-trace sites included tree counts by species and size as well as type of tree damage.
campsite impact; recreation management; campsite; condition; biota; environment; Environment and People; Impact of people on environment; Recreation; Inventory, Monitoring, & Analysis; Monitoring; Caney Creek Wilderness; Upper Buffalo Wilderness; Arkansas; Hercules Glades Wilderness; Missouri; Garden of the Gods Wilderness; Illinois; South-Central United States