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Campsite condition data for the Superstition Wilderness

Between November 2005 and March 2007, a Rapid Site Inventory (RSI) was performed on 459 campsites in the Superstition Wilderness Area of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. This assessment of 90-95% of the campsites in this wilderness was a quick site inventory including primarily presence/absence response variables. Data include standard campsite characteristics such as location, size, dominant vegetation, ground cover, presence of water, visibility of management actions, and proximity to other features (springs, trails, etc.). Other measurements include presence of litter and waste, quantity and size of human disturbance to soils/rocks/vegetation, campfire size and quantity, dead and down fuel size and quantity, damage to shrubs, vandalism, livestock impacts, equestrian impacts, presence of artifacts or rock art, and other recreational impact data.

In addition to the RSI, an extreme RSI was also completed on each site, which included a rating for groundcover disturbance, tree damage, and size of disturbed area. This was done to be consistent with the USDA Forest Service's Minimum Protocol for campsite monitoring.

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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-111.4 33.4, -111.1 33.4, -111.1 33.6, -111.4 33.6))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Superstition Wilderness is in the Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District in Arizona. This wilderness is 160,200 acres and contains 180 miles of trail.
Forest Service Research Data Archive
Temporal Coverage
November 1, 2005 to March 31, 2007
Contact Name
USDA Forest Service, Research and Development
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Program Code
005:059 - Department of Agriculture - Management Activities
Bureau Code
005:96 - Forest Service
Harvested from Forest Service
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