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    Author(s): Nicholas J. Glidden; Martha E. Lee
    Date: 2007
    Source: In: Watson, Alan; Sproull, Janet; Dean, Liese, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress symposium; September 30-October 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK. Proceedings RMRS-P-49. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 331-338
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Precision is crucial to campsite monitoring programs. Yet, little empirical research has ever been published on the level of precision of this type of monitoring programs. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the level of agreement between observers of campsite impacts using a multi-parameter campsite monitoring program. Thirteen trained observers assessed 16 dispersed campsites on the Dixie National Forest in southern Utah. The data were analyzed using Cohen’s kappa statistic to determine the level of observer agreement beyond chance for each of the impact attributes and the condition class rating. Results showed a moderate level of proportional agreement and a low level of agreement beyond chance. These results suggest that the data collection protocol must be improved to increase the level of inter-observer agreement. Results also indicate that managers should evaluate their training procedures to increase precision.

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    Glidden, Nicholas J.; Lee, Martha E. 2007. Inter-observer agreement of a multi-parameter campsite monitoring program on the Dixie National Forest, Utah. In: Watson, Alan; Sproull, Janet; Dean, Liese, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress symposium; September 30-October 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK. Proceedings RMRS-P-49. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 331-338

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    wilderness, biodiversity, protected areas, economics, subsistence, tourism, traditional knowledge, community involvement, policy, stewardship, education, spiritual values

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