Presentation on theme: "How Many Visitors is Too Many at Arches?. Problem: trampling of fragile soils and vegetation (microbiotic soil crust); crowding Strategies: limit use;"— Presentation transcript:
Problem: trampling of fragile soils and vegetation (microbiotic soil crust); crowding Strategies: limit use; reduce the impact of use Practices: zoning; information/education; facility development/site design/maintenance; law enforcement; rationing/allocation Carrying capacity/Visitor Experience and Resource Protection (VERP) Two-fold mission of NPS Increasing use of national parks/Arches National Park Arches National Park Delicate Arch
How Many Visitors is Too Many at Arches? Ed Abbey Program of research ▫Indicator of quality: crowding ▫Standard of quality: maximum acceptable level of use (people at one time (PAOT)) Sizing of parking lots/parking regulations Permit systems for other areas Information/education: Web site; park newspaper; film; signs; Visitor Center; interpretive programs; Facebook and Twitter Signs and fencing along trails Monitoring
Optimal or Preferred Condition -4 -3 -2 0 1 2 3 4 02468101214161820 Number of Groups Encountered Along A Trail Per Day Acceptability Range of Acceptable Conditions Norm Intensity or Salience Minimum Acceptable Condition Crystallization (Dispersion around points defining the norm curve)
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