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Conflicting messages about camping near waterbodies in wilderness: A review of the scientific basis and need for flexibility

Publications Posted on: August 30, 2018
Land managers have commonly sought to discourage or prohibit camping near surface waters (e.g., lakes, rivers, streams, and springs), imposing regulations that prohibit camping within a specified distance from water.

Applying recreation ecology science to sustainably manage camping impacts: A classification of camping management strategies

Publications Posted on: August 30, 2018
Wilderness and other protected natural areas like national forests, parks and refuges are managed to provide high quality recreational opportunities while preserving natural resource conditions.

Guidelines for evaluating air pollution impacts on wilderness within the Rocky Mountain Region: Report of a workshop, 1990

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
This document is the product of an ongoing effort begun at a 4-day workshop sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Region of the USDA Forest Service, held in December 1990 in Estes Park, Colorado. Workshop participants gathered in groups to work on pollution impacts in three specific areas: aquatic ecosystems; terrestrial ecosystems; and visibility.

Manipulating the wild: A survey of restoration and management interventions in U.S. wilderness

Publications Posted on: July 10, 2018
Landscape scale restoration is a common management intervention used around the world to combat ecological degradation. For wilderness managers in the United States, the decision to intervene is complicated by the Wilderness Act’s legal mandate to preserve wilderness character and demonstrate managerial restraint (16 U.S.C. § 1131-1136).

A mental model of science informed by public lands managers: Increasing the chances for management based on science

Publications Posted on: June 12, 2018
Some federal public lands have been legally protected as “wilderness areas” since 1964 in the US. A federal science program evolved first in response to a novel public lands management concept, and subsequently in response to new issues that emerged both as society changed and more knowledge about social and ecological values of wilderness accumulated.

Measuring managers' perceptions of llama use in wild areas - data from 1993

Datasets Posted on: March 15, 2018
This data publication contains the results of a 1993 survey of Forest Service and Park Service managers across the United States and their perceptions of llama use in wild areas. Over 200 mailback surveys were returned from managers representing more than 150 different wilderness areas and 25 states.

Social conditions and preference data for visitors to three wilderness areas in the southern United States in 1989-1990

Datasets Posted on: March 15, 2018
Visitors to the Cohutta Wilderness in Georgia, Caney Creek Wilderness in Arkansas, and Upland Island Wilderness in Texas were surveyed to gather baseline data on use and user characteristics. Sampling took place between May and November 1989 for both Cohutta and Caney Creek Wilderness areas, and between October 1989 and February 1990 for the Upland Island Wilderness.

Auyuittuq and Quttinirpaaq National Parks in the eastern Arctic Nunavut Region of Canada: 2003-2004 visitor experience study

Datasets Posted on: March 15, 2018
This data publication contains audio and transcriptions of in-depth qualitative interviews of visitors, local residents, and scientists at Auyuittuq National Park (ANP) and Quttinirpaaq National Park (QNP) of Nunavut, Canada conducted in 2003. The interviews were meant to obtain information and feedback regarding visitor experiences. This data publication also contains survey responses from visitors to ANP in 2004.

Data from a 1990 visitor survey in the Desolation Wilderness to determine visitor trends, and preferences for wilderness conditions and experience

Datasets Posted on: March 15, 2018
This package contains trend, characteristic, activity and preference data collected as part of a 1990 survey of visitors to the Desolation Wilderness in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California. Permit and mailback surveys were used to provide the data from a systematic sample of visitors with the required use permit (permit holders) and a sample of party members (group members without the permit).

Data from 2014 Wilderness Management Survey: Science needs, training needs, and demographics of managers

Datasets Posted on: March 15, 2018
Stewards and managers of wilderness areas within the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) were selected for surveying in 2014 in order to provide input for the development of the 2014 Inter-agency Strategic Plan for the NWPS. Research focused on major challenges in stewardship and planning, and where managers saw rising needs for specific training or research.

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