Anne Santa Maria ACF Abstract FY11

"Assessing Human Impacts on Campsites: A Critique of U.S. Forest Service Methods"

American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting

Anne Santa Maria

Forest Service personnel in a large National Forest located in an eastern
state undertook a study during the summer of 2010 to inventory human
ecological and social impacts on dispersed campsites. The inventory methods
developed by the Forest Service personnel were questionable from a
scientific standpoint and in this paper the author offers a critique of the
Forest Service inventory methods and a proposal for an improved method. The
proposed method would be a more effective use of limited economic and human
resources and would allow the Forest Service to gather information in a
timely way about the distribution of campsites to help inform management

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