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Accession Number PB2013-100932
Title Campsite Impact in the Wilderness of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Thirty Years of Change.
Publication Date Jan 2013
Media Count 126p
Personal Author A. Leopold D. J. Parsons D. N. Cole
Abstract In the late 1970s, in response to rapidly increasing visitor use and proliferating impacts, the condition of all campsites in the backcountry of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was assessed by park research staff. All campsites were located and assigned to one of 273 different subzones; their condition was assessed on the basis of eight impact parameters: vegetation density, vegetation composition, total area of the campsite, barren core area, campsite development, litter and duff, social trails, and tree mutilations. In 2006 and 2007, to ascertain trends in impact, the campsite survey was repeated in 120 of the 273 subzones (44% of the wilderness). A total of 2,955 sites impacted by camping were located during the 2006-2007 surveys. Of these, 1,795 were judged to be active campsites, with another 1,160 judged to be restoration sites. Restoration sites are sites that appear to no longer be used for camping but where campsite impact is still evident. Since the repeat sample included 44% of the subzones originally surveyed, this suggests that there are approximately 6600 impacted sites in the wilderness, of which about 4000 are being actively used as campsites. In the late 1970s, there were more than 7700 campsites in the wilderness.
Keywords Campgrounds
Canyons
Changes
Forest trees
Impact analysis
Land management
National parks
Recreational facilities
Restoration
Sites
Surveys
Vegetation
Visitors
Wilderness areas


 
Source Agency National Park Service
NTIS Subject Category 91L - Recreation
48D - Forestry
48B - Natural Resource Management
Corporate Author National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO. Natural Resource Stewardship and Science.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1309
Contract Number N/A

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