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 citation below when citing the data product:
Cole, David N. 2014. Campsite condition data for the Superstition Wilderness. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2014-0005
Between November 2005 and March 2007, a Rapid Site Inventory (RSI) was performed on 459 campsites in the Superstition Wilderness Area of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. This assessment of 90-95% of the campsites in this wilderness was a quick site inventory including primarily presence/absence response variables. Data include standard campsite characteristics such as location, size, dominant vegetation, ground cover, presence of water, visibility of management actions, and proximity to other features (springs, trails, etc.). Other measurements include presence of litter and waste, quantity and size of human disturbance to soils/rocks/vegetation, campfire size and quantity, dead and down fuel size and quantity, damage to shrubs, vandalism, livestock impacts, equestrian impacts, presence of artifacts or rock art, and other recreational impact data.
In addition to the RSI, an extreme RSI was also completed on each site, which included a rating for groundcover disturbance, tree damage, and size of disturbed area. This was done to be consistent with the USDA Forest Service's Minimum Protocol for campsite monitoring.
biota; environment; Environment and People; Impact of people on Environment; Recreation; Forest & Plant Health; Human effects; Inventory, Monitoring, & Analysis; Assessments; Monitoring; Natural Resource Management & Use; Wilderness; campsite impact; recreation management; campsite; condition; Tonto National Forest; Mesa Ranger District; Superstition Wilderness; Arizona