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Developing social standards for wilderness encounters in Mount Rainier National Park: Manager-defined versus visitor-defined standards

Publications Posted on: March 09, 2006
This research compared the differences found between manager-defined and visitor-defined social standards for wilderness encounters in Mount Rainier National Park. Social standards in recreation areas of public land are defined by what is acceptable to the public, in addition to the area’s management.

Defining and managing the quality of wilderness recreation experiences

Publications Posted on: March 09, 2006
There is a substantial body of scientific literature on defining and managing the quality of wilderness experiences.

The role of science in wilderness planning: a state-of-knowledge review

Publications Posted on: March 09, 2006
Wilderness planning has evolved since the Wilderness Act of 1964 in an atmosphere of intense debate and public scrutiny. Wilderness planning and the role science has played in developing the planning process has been influenced by many complex legal mandates, by thorny social issues, and by emerging planning paradigms. Wilderness planning has at times been inspired by scientific contributions to various elements of the emerging processes.

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