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    Author(s): R. E. Leonard; H. E. Echelberger; M. Schnitzer
    Date: 1978
    Source: Res. Pap. NE-428. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 9p.
    Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    Three use characteristics were studied in the Great Gulf Wilderness of the White Mountain National Forest in 1976: (1) use quantity; (2) use distribution; (3) overnight use patterns. Pressure-plate counters, in conjunction with use permits and site observations, were used to acquire data. Approximately 4,000 people visited this area during the 56-day study period; 75 percent were day users and 25 percent were overnight users. Trail use ranged from 50 hikers per day to negligible use. Overnight users tended to concentrate in the upper portion of the Great Gulf. Actual overnight use was significantly lower than permitted use. On some nights, more than half of the users who obtained overnight permits did not use them.

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    Leonard, R. E.; Echelberger, H. E.; Schnitzer, M. 1978. Use characteristics of the great gulf wilderness. Res. Pap. NE-428. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 9p.

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