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Managing Outdoor Recreation, 2nd Edition

Managing Outdoor Recreation, 2nd Edition

Problem: Impacts to Natural Quiet

 
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 areas (e.g., within park, other parks)

•     Promote alternative times to use area (e.g., hours, days, seasons)

•     Inform visitors of current impacts/conditions (e.g., prevalence of anthropogenic noise)

 

Rationing/Allocation

•     Set capacity and allocate access by reservation system

•     Set capacity and allocate access by queuing system

•     Sec capacity and allocate access by fee system

•     Set capacity and allocate access by lottery system

•     Set capacity and allocate access by merit system

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

 

Rules/Regulations

•     Set capacity and require a use permit

•     Require a reservation for entry/use

•     Require a fee for entry/use

•     Require special knowledge/skills for entry/use

•     Institute a maximum length of stay

•     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 site/park for lower use

•     Zone site/park for no use

 

Facility Development/Site Design/Maintenance

•     Set capacity (for site, park) and design visitor facilities (e.g., parking lots at trailheads) and services accordingly

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

•     Improve access (e.g., higher standard roads, trails, transit) to alternative sites/parks

Information/Education

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

•     Promote use of low-use areas

•     Educate visitors about natural quiet

•     Promote visitor behavior that reduces human-caused noise

 

Rationing/Allocation

•     Not applicable

 

Rules/Regulations

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

•     Require visitors to reduce noise

 

Law Enforcement

•     Establish presence of a uniformed ranger

•     Sanction (e.g., fine) visitors for making unacceptable noise

 

Zoning

 

•     Zone alternative areas for higher use

•     Zone areas for natural quiet

 

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

•     Design facilities to reduce visitor-caused noise (e.g., use vegetative screening)

Information/Education

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

•     Promote alternative times to use site (e.g., hours, days, seasons)

•     Promote selected sites to concentrate use

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

•     Inform visitors of acceptable and unacceptable behavior (e.g., no boisterous activity)

•     Educate visitors about why selected behaviors are unacceptable (e.g., human caused noise can disturb wildlife and reduce the opportunity of visitors to hear the sounds of nature)

 

Rationing/Allocation

•     Not applicable

 

Rules/Regulations     

•     Prohibit high-impact uses (e.g., no motorized activities)

•     Prohibit high-impact behavior (e.g., radios, cell phones)

•     Limit group size

Law Enforcement

•     Establish the presence of a uniformed ranger

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

 

Zoning

•     Zone as “quiet area”   

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

 

Facility Development/Site Design/Maintenance         

•     Provide facilities/services for low impact uses only (e.g., trails for walking only)

•     Locate/concentrate facilities and services away from sensitive areas (e.g., old growth forests)

•     Design facilities and services to minimize impact (e.g., use only quiet technology for park administration)

Information/Education

•     Inform visitors of current conditions (i.e., prevalence of human-caused noise)

 

Rationing/Allocation

•     Not applicable

 

Rules/Regulations

•     Not applicable

 

Law Enforcement

•     Not applicable

 

Zoning      

•     Not applicable

 

Facility Development/Site Design/Maintenance               

•     Locate visitor attractions/facilities (e.g., trails, campsites) away from sensitive soundscapes

•     Develop facilities (e.g., vegetative barriers) to buffer human-caused sound

•     Adopt quiet technology (e.g., electric trimmers) for maintenance