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Factors affecting dispersion of backcountry campsitesAuthor(s): Lance Kirkpatrick Canon; Steven Adler; Raymond E. Leonard
Source: Research Note NE-276. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 6 p.
Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionA study using observational and survey techniques found that no backcountry users fully complied with rules designed to promote campsite dispersion and to avoid recurrent use of particular sites. Users perceived hiking/camping in general, and movement away from established trails in particular, as involving an element of risk. They indicated that convenience was an important determinant of their site selections. Increased information about the rules did not decrease the use of previously used sites, but did increase the average distance of chosen campsites from established trails.
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CitationCanon, Lance Kirkpatrick; Adler, Steven; Leonard, Raymond E. 1979. Factors affecting dispersion of backcountry campsites. Research Note NE-276. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 6 p.
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