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Title: Management perceptions of off-highway vehicle use on national forest system lands in Appalachia
Author: Thompson, Katherine A.; Pierskalla, Chad D.; Schuett, Michael A.
Publication: In: LeBlanc, Cherie; Vogt, Christine, comps. Proceedings of the 2007 northeastern recreation research symposium; 2007 April 15-17; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-23. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 300-305.
Abstract: In 2005, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) issued new standards for dealing with unmanaged recreation. All National Forest System units are to develop travel management plans by 2009. The purpose of this study was to determine differences in perceptions between USFS managers of national forests in Appalachia with low and high levels of offhighway vehicle (OHV) use regarding OHV-related issues and management tactics. This information will help managers in this region make informed decisions about OHV management when developing travel plans. Managers with high levels of OHV use reported more physical impacts, safety issues, and use of more management tactics. It is recommended that managers weigh the costs, benefits, and resource impacts of OHV use prior to designating additional areas for OHV recreation.
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