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The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: Examining changes in use, users, and management challenges

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posted on 2024-06-05, 04:27 authored by RG Dvorak, AE Watson, N Christensen, Bill BorrieBill Borrie, A Schwaller
The purpose of this study was to determine trends in use and user characteristics at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Based on data from 1969, 1991, and 2007, the average age of visitors has increased significantly, education levels have increased, and visitors remain predominantly male. Visitors in 2007 report seeing twice as many groups since 1961 and 1991, but the number of encounters are not exceeding expectations. Findings emerged related to gender ratios and evaluating resource conditions. These findings may need further investigation and future management action to provide opportunities for meaningful wilderness experiences while protecting wilderness character.

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Pagination

1-1

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

0502-5001

Language

eng

Research statement

The purpose of this study was to determine trends in use and user characteristics at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Based on data from 1969, 1991, and 2007, the average age of visitors has increased significantly, education levels have increased, and visitors remain predominantly male. Visitors in 2007 report seeing twice as many groups since 1961 and 1991, but the number of encounters are not exceeding expectations. Findings emerged related to gender ratios and evaluating resource conditions. These findings may need further investigation and future management action to provide opportunities for meaningful wilderness experiences while protecting wilderness character

Publication classification

A6.1 Research report/technical paper

Issue

RP-91

Publisher

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Place of publication

Fort Collins, Colo.