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Land, Brenda . 1995. Remote Waste Management. 9523 1202P. San Dimas, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, San Dimas Technology and Development Center. 34 p.

Managing human waste in the backcountry is challenging. One of the first challenges is to distinguish between actual and perceived pollution potential and health risk. Sun, rain, and soil organisms will break down human waste over time. Popular backcountry camping locations, narrow river corridors, mountain climbing routes, and an ever-increasing use of backcountry areas concentrate human waste in small areas at a rate that nature cannot assimilate and neutralize. When nature's ability to handle the waste is exceeded, the backcountry manager must decide either to limit use or to set up a waste management system. This report is a compilation of several methods currently used to manage remote waste.

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