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How Many Visitors is Too Many at Arches?. Problem: trampling of fragile soils and vegetation (microbiotic soil crust); crowding Strategies: limit use;

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1 How Many Visitors is Too Many at Arches?

2 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

3 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

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5 Arches National Park

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15 1. Formulate management objectives and associated indicators and standards of quality. 2. Monitor indicators of quality. 3. Implement management practices to maintain standards of quality.

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30 Optimal or Preferred Condition 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)

31 Social Norm Curve for Delicate Arch

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