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Managing Outdoor Recreation, 2nd Edition

Managing Outdoor Recreation, 2nd Edition

Problem: Impacts to Interpretive Facilities/Programs

 
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 interpretive facilities/programs (e.g., within park, other parks)

•     Promote alternative times to participate in interpretive facilities/programs (e.g., hours, days, seasons)

•     Inform visitors of current impacts/conditions at interpretive facilities/programs (e.g., crowding, shortage of tickets)

 

Rationing/Allocation

•     Set capacity interpretive facilities/programs and allocate access by reservation system

•     Set capacity for interpretive facilities/programs and allocate access by queuing system

•     Set capacity for interpretive facilities/programs and allocate access by fee system

•     Set capacity for interpretive facilities/programs and allocate access by lottery system

•     Set capacity for interpretive facilities/programs and allocate access by merit system

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

 

Rules/Regulations

•     Set capacity for interpretive facilities/programs and require a use permit/ticket

•     Require a reservation for interpretive facilities/programs

•     Require a fee for interpretive facilities/programs

•     Require special knowledge/skills for interpretive facilities/programs

•     Institute a maximum length of stay

•     Limit group size

•     Close interpretive facilities/programs (e.g., temporally, seasonally, permanently)

 

Law Enforcement

•     Establish presence of a uniformed ranger

•     Require visitors to show a use permit/ticket

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

 

Zoning

•     Zone interpretive facilities/programs for lower use

 

Facility Development/Site Design/Maintenance

•     Set capacity of interpretive facilities/programs and design visitor facilities (e.g., parking lots) and services (interpretive rangers) accordingly

•     Make access to interpretive facilities/programs more difficult (e.g., lower standard roads, trails, transit)

•     Improve access (e.g., higher standard roads, trails, transit) to alternative interpretive facilities/programs (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 areasb.

•     Develop attractions, facilities, services in new areas

•     Improves access to new/alternative areas

Information/Education

•     Promote alternative interpretive facilities/programs (e.g., within park, other parks) to disperse use

•     Promote alternative times to use interpretive facilities/programs (e.g., hours, days, seasons) to disperse use

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

•     Inform visitors of acceptable and unacceptable activities/behavior (e.g., no boisterous behavior during interpretive programs)

•     Educate visitors about why selected activities/behaviors are unacceptable (e.g., boisterous behavior can disturb other visitors)

 

Rationing/Allocation

•     Not applicable

 

Rules/Regulations

•     Prohibit high-impact uses (e.g., no large groups)

•     Prohibit high-impact behavior (e.g., no boisterous behavior)

•     Limit group size

•     Institute a maximum length of stay

 

Law Enforcement

•     Establish presence of a uniformed ranger

•     Sanction (e.g., warn, fine) visitors for inappropriate use/behavior (e.g., vandalizing interpretive signs)

 

Zoning           

•     Zone area for low-impact uses only (e.g., no commercial groups)

 

Facility Development/Site Design/Maintenance

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

•     Locate/concentrate facilities/programs on impact-resistant sites (e.g., impact resistant soils and vegetation, away from wildlife habitat)

•     Design facilities/programs to minimize impact (e.g., set maximum group size)

•     Maintain facilities to minimize impact (e.g., maintain audio/visual equipment)

Information/Education

•     Inform visitors of current conditions (i.e., crowding at interpretive facilities/programs)

 

Rationing/Allocation

•     Not applicable                        

 

Rules/Regulations

•     Not applicable

 

Law Enforcement

•     Not applicable

 

Zoning

•     Not applicable

 

Facility Development/Site Design/Maintenance

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

•     Develop facilities to “shield” fragile resources

•     Design interpretive facilities/services to concentrate use on naturally resistant or hardened areas

•     Maintain or rehabilitate impacted interpretive facilities

•     Close and rehabilitate impacted interpretive facilities

•     Maintain/repair damage to impacted interpretive facilities

•     Clean/maintain interpretive facilities regularly