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Title: Minimizing conflict between recreation and nature conservation

Author: Cole, David N.

Date: 1993

Source: In: Smith, D. S.; Hellmund, P. C., eds. Ecology of greenways: design and function of linear conservation areas. Minneapolis, MN: Univ. of Minnesota Press: 105 - 122

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Most greenways are created with multiple goals in mind. Two of the foremost are providing recreational opportunities and conserving nature. Although these two goals frequently enhance each other, sometimes pursuing both simultaneously can result in conflicts. In some cases, recreational use can so severely degrade an area that not only is the environment damaged but the quality of the recreational experience itself is diminished.

This chapter explores various ways of reducing the conflict between recreational use and nature conservation. The chapter begins with an overview of the impacts of recreation on natural environments and the factors that influence the severity of these impacts. These factors - whether characteristics of recreational use or of the environment - suggest a number of alternative design strategies for managing impacts. A case study illustrates how a range of design and management strategies have been adapted to a specific situation. Finally, practical guidelines for design and management of greenways are proposed.

Keywords: conflict, recreation, nature conservation, ecological impacts

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Cole, David N. 1993. Minimizing conflict between recreation and nature conservation. In: Smith, D. S.; Hellmund, P. C., eds. Ecology of greenways: design and function of linear conservation areas. Minneapolis, MN: Univ. of Minnesota Press: 105 - 122

 


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