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Title: Campsite conditions in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana

Author: Cole, David N.

Date: 1983

Source: Res. Pap. INT-RP-312. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 18 p.

Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)

Description: The condition of campsites was examined in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana. The amount of change that has occurred on these sites was inferred by comparing campsites with comparable control sites. Trampling disturbance - loss of vegetation, exposure of mineral soil, and compaction of the soil - was generally comparable to that found in other backcountry areas. Campsites were unusually large, however, and tree damage was severe. Such impacts were particularly pronounced on sites used by outfitters and large parties with stock. Actions for reducing damage are suggested.

Keywords: ecological impact, campsites, wilderness, backcountry management, outfitters, packstock, Montana, Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Cole, David N. 1983. Campsite conditions in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana. Res. Pap. INT-RP-312. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 18 p.

 


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