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Title: Area of vegetation loss: a new index of campsite impact

Author: Cole, David N.

Date: 1989

Source: Res. Note INT-389. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 5 p

Publication Series: Research Note (RN)

Description: Expressions of the amount of vegetation lost on campsites should reflect both the proportion of vegetation lost and the area1 extent of vegetation loss. A new index-area of vegetation loss-incorporates these two elements by multiplying campsite area by absolute vegetation loss. Guidelines on how to take the measurements needed to calculate this index are provided Results of previous studies-using this new index-reconfirm the importance of concentrating camping both on a small number of sites and in a small area on each site.

Keywords: campsites, vegetation disturbance, recreation impact, wilderness management

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Cole, David N. 1989. Area of vegetation loss: a new index of campsite impact. Res. Note INT-389. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 5 p

 


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