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The Effectiveness of Trail Mitigation and Theory-Grounded Signage in an Economical Approach to Reducing Social Trail Behaviors

Abstract Trails perform an essential function in protected lands by routing visitors along planned, sustainable surfaces. However, when visitors deviate from official trails in sufficient numbers, it can lead to the creation of social trails. These visitor-created pathways are not sustainably designed and can severely degrade both the stability and appearance of protected areas. A multitude of recreation motivations among visitors and a lack of resources among land management agencies have made the mitigation and closure of social trails a perennial concern. A sustainable, economical strategy that does not require the continual diversion of staff is needed to address social trails. In this study, two techniques that stand out in the research literat... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Riske, Taylor (Author) / Budruk, Megha (Advisor) / Andereck, Kathy (Committee member) / Avitia, Alonso (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Environmental management / Recreation / Hiking trails / Informal trails / Off-trail hiking / Recreation impact / Social trails / Visitor behavior
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 57 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Community Resources and Development 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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