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    Author(s): Steven R. Lawson; Peter Newman
    Date: 2001
    Source: In: Kyle, Gerard, comp., ed. 2001. Proceedings of the 2000 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-276. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 245-248
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    During the summer of 1999, Yosemite National Park staff collected GPS data to inventory the number and distribution of wilderness campsites in Lyell Canyon, Yosemite National Park. The data were collected after one month of campsite restoration work had been conducted by a student work crew. This study integrated the GPS data with digital raster graphics data for Lyell Canyon to create a wilderness campsite monitoring system tool based on a Geographic Information System (GIS). The monitoring tool developed in this study gives resource managers the ability to identify the number and spatial distribution of campsites in Lyell Canyon that are within and out of compliance with park guidelines for wilderness campsites. The monitoring tool can also be used to record the history of specific campsites from season to season, track changes in visitor use patterns, and identify potential problem areas. Further, this monitoring tool provides managers with insight into the successes and potential failures of management efforts.

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    Lawson, Steven R.; Newman, Peter. 2001. A spatial analysis of wilderness campsites in Lyell Canyon, Yosemite National Park. In: Kyle, Gerard, comp., ed. 2001. Proceedings of the 2000 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-276. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 245-248

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