Many of the impacts on vegetation, soils and trails are similar for hiking, 'mountain biking' and 'horse riding' but there are also differences in severity.
Hiking is an immensely popular activity in protected areas. Walking tracks are a fundamental part of park infrastructure providing recreation opportunities and concentrating use.
Recent research in Australia undertaken by the STCRC indicates that:
Few studies have investigated the effectiveness of management, and the applicability of assessment techniques in bridle trail systems. This is an important consideration in the success of a management scheme and central to deciding if horse riding in conservation areas ...
This report is one in a series examining terrestrial ecological impacts of visitor use. The purpose of the field testing was to assess the utility of each method in terms of:ability to characterise track conditions and develop comprehensive track profilesease ...
Protected area managers need to monitor the ecological effects of visitor use and assess their performance in managing visitor use. To assist this process, STCRC has established a series of projects to develop indicators and protocols for monitoring visitor use ...
This report is one of a series in the Sustainable Tourism Corporative Research Centre's overall project to develop a framework, guidelines and tools to enhance assessment, evaluation and reporting of visitor use in protected areas. In this manual three methods ...
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