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Computer simulation modeling of recreation use: Current status, case studies, and future directions

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
This report compiles information about recent progress in the application of computer simulation modeling to planning and management of recreation use, particularly in parks and wilderness. Early modeling efforts are described in a chapter that provides an historical perspective. Another chapter provides an overview of modeling options, common data input requirements, and useful model outputs.

Impacts of ATV traffic on undesignated trails

Publications Posted on: March 04, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service reports that driving motor vehicles off-road has become one of the fastest growing activities on national forest lands. The continued growth and use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) has created a demand upon many existing trail systems that were not designed for this level of use.

Day users in wilderness: How different are they?

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
This study describes the trip and visitor characteristics, evaluations, and preferences of day users in wilderness, by contrasting them with overnight users. Data from the Three Sisters (OR), Desolation (CA), Bob Marshall (MT), Charles Deam (IN), Caney Creek (AR), Shining Rock (NC), and Cohutta (GA) Wildernesses are presented.

Wilderness science in a time of change conference-Volume 4: Wilderness visitors, experiences, and visitor management; 1999 May 23-27; Missoula, MT

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Thirty-seven papers are presented on wilderness visitors, experiences, and visitor management. Three overview papers synthesize knowledge and research about wilderness visitors, management of visitor experiences, and wilderness recreation planning. Other papers contain the results of specific research projects on wilderness visitors, information and education, and visitor management.

Case studies of simulation models of recreation use

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Computer simulation models can be usefully applied to many different outdoor recreation situations. Model outputs can also be used for a wide variety of planning and management purposes. The intent of this chapter is to use a collection of 12 case studies to illustrate how simulation models have been used in a wide range of recreation situations and for diverse planning and management applications.

Future directions for simulation of recreation use

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
As the case studies in Chapter 4 illustrate, simulation modeling can be a valuable tool for recreation planning and management. Although simulation modeling is already well developed for business applications, its adaptation to recreation management is less developed. Relatively few resources have been devoted to realizing its potential. Further progress is needed in refining the models, and their inputs and outputs.

Visitor use density and wilderness experience: proceedings; 2000 June 13; Missoula, MT

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
The workshop was convened to assess progress and offer further ideas regarding scientific contributions to (1) understanding relationships between visitor use density and wilderness experiences and (2) applying such knowledge to decisions about use limitation in wilderness and parks. The first paper provides an overview of the topic and the papers presented at the workshop.

Historical Development of Simulation Models of Recreation Use

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
The potential utility of modeling as a park and wilderness management tool has been recognized for decades. Romesburg (1974) explored how mathematical decision modeling could be used to improve decisions about regulation of wilderness use. Cesario (1975) described a computer simulation modeling approach that utilized GPSS (General Purpose Systems Simulator), a simulation language designed to deal with scheduling problems.

An analysis of the outdoor recreation and wilderness situation in the United States, 1989-2040: A technical document supporting the 1989 USDA Forest Service RPA Assessment

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
The Analysis of the Outdoor Recreation and Wilderness Situation in the United States is intended to build upon past studies and to establish a new and better information base on outdoor recreation and wilderness demand and supply. Also, this assessment answers several key questions which will help identify ways to meet demand through the year 2040.

Why Model Recreation Use?

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
As the demographics of public land recreational visitors change, planners and managers of public lands face the challenge of protecting resources while providing high quality visitor experiences.