Anne Santa Maria ACF Abstract FY11

"Assessing Human Impacts on Campsites: A Critique of U.S. Forest Service Methods"

American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting

Anne Santa Maria

Forest Service personnel in a large National Forest located in an eastern
state undertook a study during the summer of 2010 to inventory human ecological and social impacts on dispersed campsites. The inventory methods developed by the Forest Service personnel were questionable from a scientific standpoint and in this paper the author offers a critique of the Forest Service inventory methods and a proposal for an improved method. The proposed method would be a more effective use of limited economic and human resources and would allow the Forest Service to gather information in a timely way about the distribution of campsites to help inform management decisions.