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Why is it important to monitor social conditions in wilderness?

Posted date: June 26, 2006
Publication Year: 
1990
Publication Series: 
Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
Source: In: Lime, David W., ed. Managing America’s enduring wilderness resource: Proceedings of the Conference; Minneapolis, Minnesota; September 11-17, 1989. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota, Tourism Center; Minnesota Extension Service; Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. p. 150-155.

Abstract

“Social conditions in wilderness” refers to all aspects of human use of the wilderness that pose the possibility of impact to the resource and visitor experiences. The reasons for monitoring (1) use levels and use trends (including characteristics of use and users) and (2) the quality of the recreation experiences provided (ability to provide naturalness, privacy, and solitude, with a lack of conflict) are discussed.

Citation

Watson, Alan E. 1990. Why is it important to monitor social conditions in wilderness? In: Lime, David W., ed. Managing America’s enduring wilderness resource: Proceedings of the Conference; Minneapolis, Minnesota; September 11-17, 1989. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota, Tourism Center; Minnesota Extension Service; Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. p. 150-155.