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Campsite condition data for four South-Central Wildernesses in Arkansas, Illinois, and Missouri

This data publication contains conditions of 91 campsites spread over four wilderness areas in the South-Central United States. Recreation impact was studied in Caney Creek, Upper Buffalo, Hercules Glades, and Garden of the Gods Wildernesses. Campsites were measured in 1993-1994, and Caney Creek campsites were measured again in 2007. Data include basic campsite measurements such as condition class, vegetation type, soils, dominant species, landform, distance to trail, distance to water, number of fire rings, tree damage, and other standard campsite data. A subsample (21 sites) of the non-trace campsites were assessed in more detail and data such as campsite area, ground vegetation (stone, forbs, grass, shrub, moss/lichen, etc.) and seedling counts were measured and similar data collected for a comparable control site. Additional measurements for these non-trace sites included tree counts by species and size as well as type of tree damage.

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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-94.161023 34.423255, -94.030355 34.423255, -94.030355 34.394827, -94.161023 34.394827))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Campsites in four wildernesses were studied. The campsites located in the Caney Creek wilderness in Arkansas were mainly concentrated in the Caney Creek trail corridor, with several near the Buckeye Mountain trail junction. Most of the campsites located i
USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Temporal Coverage
January 1, 1993 to December 31, 2007
Contact Name
USFS Aldo Leopold Research Institute
Contact Email
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Program Code
005:059 - Department of Agriculture - Management Activities
Bureau Code
005:96 - Forest Service
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Harvest Source TitleForest Service
Harvest Source URIhttps://www.fs.usda.gov/rds/rdaoaipmh/o
Last Harvest PerformedSat, 01/18/2020 - 15:18

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U.S. Forest Service