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Modeling wilderness campsites: Factors that influence amount of impactAuthor(s): David N. Cole
Source: Environmental Management. 16(2): 255-264.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionA standard campsite model is proposed and then manipulated to examine the influence of individual variables on amount of vegetation loss. Amount of impact is influenced by amount of use, vegetation fragility, vegetation density, and the degree to which activities are concentrated spatially on the site. Degree of concentration also influences the importance of the other explanatory variables. Amount of use and vegetation fragility are equally important determinants of impact and are most Influential where activity concentration is low. The curvilinear relationship between amount of use and amount of impact can be explained by the tendency for activities to become increasingly concentrated as amount of use increases. This relationship should not vary with regional or environmental characteristics except where these influence degree of activity concentration.
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Cole, David N. 1991. Modeling wilderness campsites: Factors that influence amount of impact. Environmental Management. 16(2): 255-264.
Keywordscampsites, ecological impacts, vegetation damage, wilderness, modeling
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