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Data from a 1990 visitor survey in the Desolation Wilderness to determine visitor trends, and preferences for wilderness conditions and experience

This package contains trend, characteristic, activity and preference data collected as part of a 1990 survey of visitors to the Desolation Wilderness in the Sierra Nevada of northern California. Permit and mailback surveys were used to provide the data from a systematic sample of visitors with the required use permit (permit holders) and a sample of party members (group members without the permit). A convenient sample of visitors who did not comply with the permit requirement (entered without permit) were asked to complete a short onsite survey which allowed for comparison to those who did obtain the permit.

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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-120.295554 39.030983, -120.068655 39.030983, -120.068655 38.812424, -120.295554 38.812424))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
The Desolation Wilderness is located in the Sierra Nevada of northern California, close to Lake Tahoe. Desolation has received heavy use for many decades. The Desolation is 63,475 acres; in 1986, use was estimated at 227,500 recreation visitor days (RVDs)
Forest Service Research Data Archive
Temporal Coverage
January 1, 1990 to December 31, 1990
Contact Name
Watson, Alan
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 PerformedFri, 04/10/2020 - 01:15

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U.S. Forest Service