This report presents the results of research conducted on the 96-acre Bear Island along the Billy Goat Trail, Section A (BGT) that evaluated visitor motivations for off-trail hiking and the efficacy of four treatments designed to reduce this activity. This research was prompted by concerns about the impact of an extensive informal (visitor-created) trail network on Bear Island, because it provides habitat for more than 50 species of rare, threatened or endangered plant and animal species.
|Title||Deterring off-trail hiking in protected natural areas: Evaluating options with surveys and unobtrusive observation: Final report|
|Authors||K.A. Hockett, Y.F. Clark, J.L. Leung, L. Park|
|Publication Subtype||Other Report|
|Series Title||Final Management Report|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Patuxent Wildlife Research Center|