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Managing Outdoor Recreation, 2nd Edition

Managing Outdoor Recreation, 2nd Edition

Problem: Impacts to Campgrounds and Campsites

 
Which of the following management strategies would you like to apply to help solve this problem?

 

Select one of the four strategies to see management practices that might be used to solve your problem. Under each of the practices you will see all of the management actions listed in the book's appendices.

 

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Information/Education

•     Promote alternative campgrounds/campsites (e.g., within park, other parks)

•     Promote alternative times to use campgrounds/campsites (e.g., days, seasons)

•     Inform visitors of current impacts/conditions at campground/campsites (e.g., resource degradation, crowding)

 

Rationing/Allocation

•     Set capacity (for campground, campsites) and allocate access by reservation system

•     Set capacity (for campground, campsites) and allocate access by queuing system

•     Set capacity (for campground, campsites) and allocate access by fee system

•     Set capacity (for campground, campsites) and allocate access by lottery system

•     Set capacity (for campground, campsites) and allocate access by merit system

•     Implement differential fee system (e.g., temporally, spatially)

 

Rules/Regulations

•     Set capacity (for campground, campsites) and require a use permit

•     Require a reservation for use

•     Require a fee for use

•     Require special knowledge/skills for use

•     Institute a maximum length of stay

•     Limit group size

•     Close area (e.g., temporarily, seasonally, permanently)

 

Law Enforcement

•     Establish presence of a uniformed ranger

•     Require visitors to show a use permit

•     Sanction (e.g., fine) visitors for unauthorized use

 

Zoning

•     Zone campground/campsite for lower use

•     Zone campground/campsite for no use

 

Facility Development/Site Design/Maintenance

•     Set capacity (for campground, campsites) and design visitor facilities (e.g., parking lots) and services accordingly

•     Make access to campground/campsites more difficult (e.g., lower standard roads, trails, transit)

•     Improve access (e.g., higher standard roads, trails, transit) to alternative campgrounds/campsites (within park, other parks)

Information/Education

•     Inform visitors of the range of recreation areas and opportunities available

•     Promote use of low-use areas

 

Rationing/Allocation

•     Not applicable

 

Rules/Regulations

•     Extend time that area is open to visitor use (hours, days, seasons)

 

Law Enforcement

•     Not applicable

 

Zoning

•     Zone alternative areas for higher use

 

Facility Development/Site Design/Maintenance

•     Improve attractions, facilities, services in alternative areas

•     Develop attractions, facilities, services in new areas

•     Improves access to new/alternative areas

Information/Education

•     Promote alternative campsites (e.g., within park, other parks) to disperse use

•     Promote alternative times to use campsites (e.g., days, seasons) to disperse use

•     Promote resistant/hardened campsites to concentrate use

•     Inform visitors of current impacts/conditions (e.g., resource impact, conflict)

•     Inform visitors of acceptable and unacceptable recreation activities (e.g., no recreational vehicles)

•     Inform visitors of acceptable and unacceptable behavior (e.g., store food properly, respect quiet hours, no campfires, carry bear cannisters)

•     Educate visitors about why selected activities/behaviors are unacceptable (e.g., unattended food can attract animals)

 

Rationing/Allocation

•     Not applicable

 

Rules/Regulations     

•     Prohibit high-impact uses (e.g., no recreational vehicles)

•     Prohibit high-impact behavior (e.g., no campfires/collecting wood, no boisterous behavior)

•     Limit group size

•     Institute a maximum length of stay

•     Allow camping at designative campsites only

 

Law Enforcement

•     Establish presence of a uniformed ranger

•     Sanction (e.g., warn, fine) visitors for inappropriate use/behavior (e.g., unattended food, boisterous behavior)

 

Zoning           

•     Zone area for low-impact uses only (e.g., walk-in campsites only)

•     Separate conflicting activities by spatial zoning (e.g., one campground for recreational vehicles and a different campground for tent camping)

•     Separate conflicting activities by temporal zoning (hours, days, seasons) (e.g., a campground/campsite is zoned for recreational vehicles during one season and tent camping during another season) 

 

Facility Development/Site Design/Maintenance

•     Provide facilities/services for low impact uses only (e.g., no electricity, showers)

•     Locate campsite on impact-resistant sites (e.g., impact resistant soils and vegetation, away from sensitive wildlife habitat)

•     Provide firewood                          

•     Design campsite to minimize impact (e.g., install tent platforms, designate margins of campsites, provide bear boxes, fire grates)

•     Maintain facilities to minimize impact (e.g., maintain the integrity of fences around campsites)

Information/Education

•     Inform visitors of current conditions (i.e., resource degradation, crowding at campgrounds/campsites)

 

Rationing/Allocation

•     Not applicable

 

Rules/Regulations                          

•     Not applicable

 

Law Enforcement

•     Not applicable

 

Zoning

•     Not applicable

 

Facility Development/Site Design/Maintenance

•     Locate campgrounds/campsites in durable areas (e.g., soils that are resistant to compaction and erosion)

•     Develop facilities (e.g., tent platforms) to “shield” fragile resources

•     Design campgrounds/campsites to concentrate use on naturally resistant or hardened areas

•     Maintain or rehabilitate impacted campgrounds/campsites

•     Close and rehabilitate impacted campgrounds/campsites

•     Maintain/repair damage to impacted campgrounds/campsites

•     Clean/maintain campgrounds/campsites regularly