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Kent State University

1. Lee, Nathaniel H. Environmental Impacts of Camping in Low Regulatory Wilderness: Geographic Patterns in the Allegheny National Forest and their Implications for Management.

Degree: MA, College of Arts and Sciences / Department of Geography, 2018, Kent State University

U.S. National Forests are experiencing increased visitor use. Though this trend has many positive outcomes, it also increases the pressure placed upon existing outdoor recreation resources. Therefore, timely and geographically targeted monitoring is essential to identifying environmental impacts from visitor activities. This study offers such an approach to allow for identification of impact severity and spatial extent, visitor behavior, perceptions, and values in the case of camping in the Allegheny National Forest. It contributes evidence that can be utilized for implementing effective mitigation measures that can help reduce impact while maintaining or increasing visitor experiences. Specifically, the goals of this investigation were to: 1) document the physical environmental impacts at each campsite, 2) assess on-site users’ perceptions and behaviors, and 3) use this data to inform recreation resource management decisions. Quantitative and qualitative methods were necessary to understand the complex nature of recreation resource management. Quantitative data were collected from three areas within the Allegheny National Forest whose designations varied between intensity of use and activity. This data displayed that impact intensity will increase with higher use and less management intervention. The qualitative data were collected through questionnaires provided to on-site users. The results of which indicated that the users were content with the current conditions of the surrounding environment and plan on returning in the future. This study reinforces the idea that management strategies must be implemented in order to maintain an ecologically healthy environment when recreation occurs within it. Of equal importance is that the management strategy should not detract from the user’s desired experience. Findings from this study emphasize the need for continual monitoring of environmental conditions and continual assessment of visitor perceptions when managing wilderness for outdoor recreation activities. Advisors/Committee Members: Curtis, Jacqueline (Advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Geography; Recreation; Environmental Studies; recreation management; camping impacts; visitor perception

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APA (6th Edition):

Lee, N. H. (2018). Environmental Impacts of Camping in Low Regulatory Wilderness: Geographic Patterns in the Allegheny National Forest and their Implications for Management. (Masters Thesis). Kent State University. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1523442960070504

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Lee, Nathaniel H. “Environmental Impacts of Camping in Low Regulatory Wilderness: Geographic Patterns in the Allegheny National Forest and their Implications for Management.” 2018. Masters Thesis, Kent State University. Accessed November 13, 2019. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1523442960070504.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Lee, Nathaniel H. “Environmental Impacts of Camping in Low Regulatory Wilderness: Geographic Patterns in the Allegheny National Forest and their Implications for Management.” 2018. Web. 13 Nov 2019.

Vancouver:

Lee NH. Environmental Impacts of Camping in Low Regulatory Wilderness: Geographic Patterns in the Allegheny National Forest and their Implications for Management. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Kent State University; 2018. [cited 2019 Nov 13]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1523442960070504.

Council of Science Editors:

Lee NH. Environmental Impacts of Camping in Low Regulatory Wilderness: Geographic Patterns in the Allegheny National Forest and their Implications for Management. [Masters Thesis]. Kent State University; 2018. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1523442960070504


Virginia Tech

2. Daniels, Melissa Lynn. Minimizing Visitor Impacts to Protected Lands: An Examination of Site Management and Visitor Education Methods.

Degree: MS, Forestry, 2004, Virginia Tech

This thesis contains two studies that explore different methods of visitor management in recreation. The management strategies studied here are both relatively indirect approaches intended to minimize the environmental and social impacts that visitors cause in protected areas. The Annapolis Rocks study focuses on visitors' evaluations of a site management strategy that shifted camping from a flat, open area to constructed side-hill campsites. A visitor questionnaire was administered before and after the treatment to determine visitors' ratings of importance and satisfaction for various campsite attributes. We found some evidence of visitor displacement but concluded that the site management strategy supported the intentions of the managers. The Leave No Trace study evaluates the effectiveness of the Trainer courses in improving the knowledge, ethics, and behavior of the participants and encouraging them to teach others in the community. This study employed pre-course, post-course, and follow-up questionnaires to evaluate the participants' short-term and long-term gains from the course. Trainer course participants showed significant short-term and long-term gains from the course, with a slight decline in the total gain four months after the course. The participants showed improvements in low-impact behaviors, suggesting that education is an effective visitor management strategy. These studies demonstrate that managers can be successful at controlling visitor impacts without relying on stringent regulations and enforcement. Advisors/Committee Members: Marion, Jeffrey L. (committeechair), Roggenbuck, Joseph W. (committee member), McMullin, Steve L. (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: Recreation management; low-impact camping; visitor impacts

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APA (6th Edition):

Daniels, M. L. (2004). Minimizing Visitor Impacts to Protected Lands: An Examination of Site Management and Visitor Education Methods. (Masters Thesis). Virginia Tech. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10919/42509

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Daniels, Melissa Lynn. “Minimizing Visitor Impacts to Protected Lands: An Examination of Site Management and Visitor Education Methods.” 2004. Masters Thesis, Virginia Tech. Accessed November 13, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10919/42509.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Daniels, Melissa Lynn. “Minimizing Visitor Impacts to Protected Lands: An Examination of Site Management and Visitor Education Methods.” 2004. Web. 13 Nov 2019.

Vancouver:

Daniels ML. Minimizing Visitor Impacts to Protected Lands: An Examination of Site Management and Visitor Education Methods. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Virginia Tech; 2004. [cited 2019 Nov 13]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/42509.

Council of Science Editors:

Daniels ML. Minimizing Visitor Impacts to Protected Lands: An Examination of Site Management and Visitor Education Methods. [Masters Thesis]. Virginia Tech; 2004. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/42509

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