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Title: Ground cover changes resulting from low-level camping stress on a remote site
Author: Leonard, R. E.; McBride, J. M.; Conkling, P. W.; McMahon, J. L.;
Source: Res. Pap. NE-530. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiement Station. 4p.
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Description: This study reports the effects of low-level camping stress on vegetation in a remote site. South Big Garden Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine, was studied because (1) it had no prior recreational use; thus, comprehensive base line data could be obtained; and (2) the exact number of campers could be monitored throughout the study period. The continuous line-intercept method based on a single vegetation transect line was developed to monitor vegetation and ground cover changes over a 2-year-period. The low-level use (an average of 50 campers/year) that was recorded did not significantly reduce the total vegetation cover but did have an effect on species composition.
Keywords: camping, low impact, vegetation impacts, trampling
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Leonard, R. E.; McBride, J. M.; Conkling, P. W.; McMahon, J. L. 1983. Ground cover changes resulting from low-level camping stress on a remote site. Res. Pap. NE-530. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiement Station. 4p.
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