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    Author(s): Alan E. Watson
    Date: 1990
    Source: In: Lime, David W., ed. Managing America’s enduring wilderness resource: Proceedings of the Conference; Minneapolis, Minnesota; September 11-17, 1989. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota, Tourism Center; Minnesota Extension Service; Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. p. 150-155.
    Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    “Social conditions in wilderness” refers to all aspects of human use of the wilderness that pose the possibility of impact to the resource and visitor experiences. The reasons for monitoring (1) use levels and use trends (including characteristics of use and users) and (2) the quality of the recreation experiences provided (ability to provide naturalness, privacy, and solitude, with a lack of conflict) are discussed.

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    Citation

    Watson, Alan E. 1990. Why is it important to monitor social conditions in wilderness? In: Lime, David W., ed. Managing America’s enduring wilderness resource: Proceedings of the Conference; Minneapolis, Minnesota; September 11-17, 1989. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota, Tourism Center; Minnesota Extension Service; Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. p. 150-155.

    Keywords

    wilderness, monitoring, recreation, impacts

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