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Aiding Visitation Management in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Snapshot : The unique wilderness of Boundary Waters Canoe Area draws over 250,000 visitors annually, making it one of the most popular wilderness areas in the US. With this popularity comes the challenge of maintaining the desired pristine beauty, water quality and isolation of the area. Together with the Superior National Forest in Minnesota and university partners, the Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists are monitoring and mapping visitor travel and camping patterns.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Swanson, Cindy S. S.  
Research Location : Superior National Forest in Minnesota
Research Station : Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS)
Year : 2010
Highlight ID : 272

Summary

The unique wilderness of Boundary Waters Canoe Area draws over 250,000 visitors annually, making it one of the most popular wilderness areas in the US. With this popularity comes the challenge of maintaining the desired pristine beauty, water quality and isolation of the area. Together with the Superior National Forest in Minnesota and university partners, the Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists are monitoring and mapping visitor travel and camping patterns. This new knowledge will help inform and enhance the permitting system to reduce conflict due to competition for campsites and limit threats to natural resources caused by crowding and overuse of certain sites.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Superior National Forest in Minnesota and university partners

Research Topics

Priority Areas

  • Outdoor Recreation
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