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Effects of soil compaction on root and root hair morphology: implications for campsite rehabilitation

Publications Posted on: February 24, 2006
Recreational use of wild lands can create areas, such as campsites, which may experience soil compaction and a decrease in vegetation cover and diversity. Plants are highly reliant on their roots’ ability to uptake nutrients and water from soil. Any factors that affect the highly specialized root hairs (“feeder cells”) compromise the overall health and survival of the plant.

Protecting wilderness air quality in the United States

Publications Posted on: February 24, 2006
Federal land managers are responsible for protecting air quality-related values (AQRVs) in parks and wilderness areas from air pollution damage or impairment. Few, if any, class 1 areas are unaffected by regional and global pollutants, such as visibility-reducing particles, ozone and deposition of sulfur (S), nitrogen (N) and toxics.

Improving management of nonnative invasive plants in wilderness and other natural areas

Publications Posted on: February 24, 2006
Nonnative invasive plants invade wilderness and other natural areas throughout North America and invasive organisms as a group are now considered the second worst threat to biodiversity, behind only habitat loss and fragmentation. In the past 10-20 years there have been upsurges in interest in the ecology of plant invasions among researchers and in concern about how to prevent and control them among land managers.

Improving livestock management in wilderness

Publications Posted on: February 24, 2006

Recreation impacts and management in wilderness : A state-of-knowldege review

Publications Posted on: February 24, 2006
This paper reviews the body of literature on recreation resource impacts and their management in the United States, with a primary focus on research within designated wildernesses during the past 15 years since the previous review (Cole 1987b). Recreation impacts have become a salient issue among wilderness scientists, managers and advocates alike.

Wilderness fire science: A state of knowledge review

Publications Posted on: February 24, 2006
Wilderness fire science has progressed since the last major review of the topic, but it was significantly affected by the large fire events of 1988. Strides have been made in both fire behavior and fire effects, and in the issues of scaling, yet much of the progress has not been specifically tied to wilderness areas or funding.