This third edition provides an updated and thorough examinationof the ecological impacts of recreational use on wildlands and thebest management practices to employ in places where recreation andpreservation of natural conditions are both important - and oftenconflicting - objectives.
Covering the latest research, this edition provides detailedinformation about the environmental changes that result fromrecreational use. It describes spatial patterns of impact andtrends over time, then explores the
factors that determine magnitude of impact, including amount ofuse, type and behavior of use, and environmental durability.Numerous examples, drawn from parks and recreation areas around theworld, give readers insight into why certain areas are more heavilydamaged than others, and demonstrate the techniques available tomitigate damage.
The book incorporates both the first-hand experience of the authorsand an exhaustive review of the world’s literature on thesubject. Boxes provide quick access to important material, andfurther resources are referenced in an extensive bibliography.Essential reading for all park and protected area managementprofessionals, this book is also a useful textbook for upperdivision undergraduate and graduate students on recreation ecologyand recreation management courses.
Keywords: Conservation Science,