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Title: Numerical visitor capacity: a guide to its use in wilderness

Author: Cole, David; Carlson, Thomas

Date: 2010

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-247. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 20 p.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: Despite decades of academic work and practical management applications, the concept of visitor capacity remains controversial and inconsistently operationalized. Nevertheless, there are situations where development of a numerical estimate of capacity is important and where not doing so has resulted in land management agencies being successfully litigated. This report is a guide to developing estimates of numerical visitor capacity, with particular emphasis on wilderness. It reviews capacity concepts, surveys available approaches to capacity determination, and outlines a generic process. Appendices provide information on relevant legislation and policy, as well as detailed examples and templates.

Keywords: carrying capacity, indicators, recreation use, standards, visitor use management

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Cole, David; Carlson, Thomas. 2010. Numerical visitor capacity: a guide to its use in wilderness. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-247. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 20 p.

 


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