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An individual-based modeling approach to simulating recreation use in wilderness settings

Publications Posted on: March 09, 2006
Landscapes protect biological diversity and provide unique opportunities for human-nature interactions. Too often, these desirable settings suffer from extremely high visitation. Given the complexity of social, environmental and economic interactions, resource managers need tools that provide insights into the cause and effect relationships between management actions and social and environmental outcomes.

How do visitor density and anthropogenic change in frontcountry wilderness settings affect recreation benefits?

Publications Posted on: March 09, 2006
Effects on recreation benefits were assessed using questionnaires and image sets depicting visitor density ranges and anthropogenic setting changes at two heavily-visited wilderness sites. Visitor benefits were less affected by high visitor densities at the more accessible of the two sites. New age medicine wheels had a positive effect on visitor benefits, as did trail revegetation.

Is there a shared idea of "wilderness" among outdoor recreationists?: evidence from three recreation sites

Publications Posted on: March 08, 2006
Little empirical research has been conducted on what “wilderness” means to the general public. This paper compares the definitions of wilderness held by four groups of outdoor recreationists at three very different sites—Grand Canyon National Park, Shenandoah National Park, and Pandapas Pond, a day-use area in the Jefferson National Forest. These groups had different demographics, setting preferences and activity preferences.

Science, economics, and rhetoric: environmental advocacy and the wolf reintroduction debate, 1987-1999

Publications Posted on: March 03, 2006
This paper examines the arguments employed in the debate over reintroduction of wolves into Idaho, Montana, and the Yellowstone National Park Ecosystem; and in Arizona and New Mexico. The study reviews common rhetorical themes used by advocates and opponents of wolf reintroduction and identifies a significant rhetorical shift in the debate.

Development of ecological restoration experiments in fire adapted forests at Grand Canyon National Park

Publications Posted on: February 27, 2006
The management of national park and wilderness areas dominated by forest ecosystems adapted to frequent, low-intensity fires, continues to be a tremendous challenge. Throughout the inland West and particularly in the Southwest, ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) and mixed conifer forests have become dense and structurally homogeneous after periods of intense livestock grazing, followed by more than 100 years of fire suppression.

Continuing fire regimes in remote forests of Grand Canyon National Park

Publications Posted on: February 27, 2006
Ponderosa pine forests in which frequent fire regimes continue up to the present would be invaluable points of reference for assessing natural ecological attributes.