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Area of vegetation loss: a new index of campsite impactAuthor(s): David N. Cole
Source: Res. Note INT-389. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 5 p
Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
Station: Intermountain Forest Experiment Station
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DescriptionExpressions of the amount of vegetation lost on campsites should reflect both the proportion of vegetation lost and the area1 extent of vegetation loss. A new index-area of vegetation loss-incorporates these two elements by multiplying campsite area by absolute vegetation loss. Guidelines on how to take the measurements needed to calculate this index are provided Results of previous studies-using this new index-reconfirm the importance of concentrating camping both on a small number of sites and in a small area on each site.
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CitationCole, David N. 1989. Area of vegetation loss: a new index of campsite impact. Res. Note INT-389. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 5 p
Keywordscampsites, vegetation disturbance, recreation impact, wilderness management
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