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On-Site Social Surveys and the Determination of Social Carrying Capacity in Wildland Recreation ManagementAuthor(s): Patrick C. West
Source: Research Note NC-264. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station
Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
Station: North Central Research Station
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DescriptionIt has been suggested that on-site surveys of user fail to measure crowding accurately because long time users who knew the area before the "crowds" came tend to feel the most crowded, and thus do not return. Such "displaced" users would not be included in current on-site survey samples. Results from a limited test at the Sylvania Recreation Area in Michigan do not support this "displacement thesis." However, further research is needed in other settings to test this hypothesis more fully.
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CitationWest, Patrick C. 1981. On-Site Social Surveys and the Determination of Social Carrying Capacity in Wildland Recreation Management. Research Note NC-264. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station
KeywordsWilderness areas, social carrying capacity, social surveys, displacement, crowding
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