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    Author(s): Randy B. Foltz; Kristina A. Yanosek
    Date: 2005
    Source: In: Moglen, Glenn E., ed. Managing watersheds for human and natural impacts: engineering, ecological, and economic challenges : proceedings of the 2005 Watershed Management Conference : July 19-22, 2005, Williamsburg, Virginia. Alexandria, Va.: American Society of Civil Engineers. Abstract
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Description

    The US Forest Service has identified unmanaged all terrain vehicle (ATV) use as a threat to forested lands and grasslands. Some undesirable impacts include severely eroded soils, usercreated unplanned roads, disrupted wetland ecosystems, as well as general habitat destruction and degraded water quality throughout forested lands. More insight on how ATV use affects trails is needed in order to make management decisions concerning ATV use on National Forest lands. Factors which may determine impacts of ATVs include site characteristics, such as soil moisture, soil types, existing terrain, and storm events, and ATV attributes such as vehicle type, tire tread, amount of trail use, and rider attitude.

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    Foltz, Randy B.; Yanosek, Kristina A. 2005. Impacts of all terrain vehicles (ATV) on National Forest lands and grasslands [Abstract]. In: Moglen, Glenn E., ed. Managing watersheds for human and natural impacts: engineering, ecological, and economic challenges : proceedings of the 2005 Watershed Management Conference : July 19-22, 2005, Williamsburg, Virginia. Alexandria, Va.: American Society of Civil Engineers. Abstract

    Keywords

    all terrain vehicles (ATV), national forests, impacts

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