Show simple item record Barros, Ana Agustina Pickering, Catherine Marina 2018-11-09T14:55:24Z 2017-07
dc.identifier.citation Barros, Ana Agustina; Pickering, Catherine Marina; How Networks of Informal Trails Cause Landscape Level Damage to Vegetation; Springer; Environmental Management; 60; 1; 7-2017; 57-68
dc.identifier.issn 0364-152X
dc.description.abstract When visitors are not constrained to remain on formal trails, informal trail networks can develop and damage plant communities in protected areas. These networks can form in areas with low growing vegetation, where formal trails are limited, where there is limited regulation and where vegetation is slow to recover once disturbed. To demonstrate the extent of impacts from unregulated recreational use, we assessed damage to alpine vegetation by hikers and pack animals in the highest protected area in the southern Hemisphere: Aconcagua Park, in the Andes. Within the 237 ha area surveyed in the Horcones Valley, over 19 km of trails were found, nearly all of which (94%) were informal. This network of trails resulted in the direct loss of 11.5 ha of vegetation and extensive fragmentation of alpine meadows (21 fragments) and steppe vegetation (68 fragments). When levels of disturbance off these trails were quantified using rapid visual assessments, 81% of 102 randomly located plots showed evidence of disturbance, with the severity of disturbance greatest close to trails. As a result, vegetation in 90% of the Valley has been damaged by visitor use, nearly all of it from unregulated use. These results highlight the extent to which informal trails and trampling off-trail can cause landscape damage to areas of high conservation value, and hence the importance of better regulation of visitor use. The methodology used for off-trail impact assessment can be easily applied or adapted for other popular protected areas where trampling off-trail is also an issue.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
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dc.subject DISTURBANCE
dc.subject MOUNTAINS
dc.subject RECREATION
dc.subject.classification Otras Ciencias Biológicas
dc.subject.classification Ciencias Biológicas
dc.subject.classification CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
dc.title How Networks of Informal Trails Cause Landscape Level Damage to Vegetation
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dc.type info:ar-repo/semantics/artículo
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion 2018-10-23T14:43:44Z
dc.journal.volume 60
dc.journal.number 1
dc.journal.pagination 57-68
dc.journal.pais Alemania
dc.journal.ciudad Berlin
dc.description.fil Fil: Barros, Ana Agustina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - Mendoza. Instituto Argentino de Nivología, Glaciología y Ciencias Ambientales. Provincia de Mendoza. Instituto Argentino de Nivología, Glaciología y Ciencias Ambientales. Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Instituto Argentino de Nivología, Glaciología y Ciencias Ambientales; Argentina. Griffith University; Australia
dc.description.fil Fil: Pickering, Catherine Marina. Griffith University; Australia
dc.journal.title Environmental Management
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