Impacts of recreational use limits in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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Published by Department of Forest Resources, Oregon State University in Corvallis, Or .

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  • Wilderness areas -- Washington (State) -- Recreational use.,
  • National parks and reserves -- Washington (State),
  • Alpine Lakes Wilderness (Wash.)

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StatementBo Shelby ... [et al.]
ContributionsShelby, Bo, 1948-, Oregon State University.
The Physical Object
Pagination105 p. :
Number of Pages105
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Open LibraryOL15195403M

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Impacts of Recreation Use Limits in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Final report, Project #PNWUSDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region, p. Cited by: 4. Impacts of Recreation Use Limits in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. By B.

Shelby, J. Goodwin, Alpine Lakes, wilderness, Environmental Sciences. Active research in recreation impacts exists in other coun-tries such as Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand, but this body of international literature deserves a separate review. Finally, this paper limits its scope to recreation impacts generated from within wilderness boundaries, al-though recreational use and development outside wilder.

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness continues under threat from rebuilding of old dams in the unprecedented impacts inside the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It will also help turn a wonderful valley of orchards into just more levels of recreational use in fewer and fewer places.

Some places, like Gothic Basin, Blanca Lake, and. U.S. Senator, Slade Gorton, to complain about the Forest Service's proposal to limit use in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Use limits were proposed to bring high use destinations into compliance with social and biophysical standards in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Plan.

In a few high use areas, some. Inwe published The Alpine Lakes, a coffee-table book of photos of the Alpine Lakes. This book lead directly to the establishment of the wilderness area, when Norm Winn testified on behalf of The Mountaineers in the nation’s capital and presented copies of the book.

Paradoxically, recreation can also result in biophysical and social impacts that can potentially impair wilderness character. Therefore, agencies often establish visitor use regulations, or rules, in addition to the general prohibitions listed above, that help protect wilderness resources and opportunities for high-quality wilderness experiences.

Wilderness areas close to large urban areas experienced ever-increasing use, particularly by day visitors: informal trailing around Rampart Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. To extend experimental methodologies, Cole worked with Neil Bayfield, the Scottish ecologist who pioneered experimental studies of recreation impact in the s.

To this end, exiting hikers were surveyed at moderate and very high use trailheads in Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA (USA), and Three Sisters Wilderness, OR (USA). They were asked about the degree to which encountering varying levels of different setting attributes would add to or detract from their experience.

This banner text can have markup. web; books; video; audio; software; images; Toggle navigation. Since then, the too-many has increased to the point where restrictions are necessary to keep the Alpine Lakes from being trampled to death.

The group size limit is 12, and that includes pack stock. During the high-use season you have to get a permit, and people are directed to. We spent the night in a cabin across from the Lake, after the majority of the area was evacuated.

We woke up the following morning to peace and quiet. There were no birds, probably due to the fire in the sierras. The speed limit on the lake is 10 mph. This is a perfect lake to learn to use a kayak, SUP, or to fish from the many boulders around / TripAdvisor reviews.

Recreation use of wilderness increased exponentially during the s and s. By the s, both the social and ecological impacts of recreation use were being studied and the concept of recreation carry-ing capacity had been advanced.

By the early s, some wilderness areas began limiting recreation use. The first use limits were highly. Figure —This map shows impacts around Rampart Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA. In such cases, it is easier to reduce the number of trails and sites that are being impacted than it is to reduce the severity of impact on any particular trail or site.

If you only have time for one hike in Grand Teton National Park, this is Lake Solitude trail is an all-encompassing tour of the park’s myriad highlights, including lakes, a waterfall and vistas of the surrounding Tetons.

The mile round-trip trail to the remote alpine lake follows one of the most impressive canyons in the United States, flanked on either side by dramatic. tractors. In a study of campers in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Brunson and Shelby () confirmed that necessity and amenity attributes such as prox-imity to water, level ground, and adequate size were most important among site attributes.

Thus, visitors may perceive changes and recognize them as. Understanding how setting attributes influence the nature of the visitor experience is crucial to effective recreation management. Highly influential attributes are useful indicators to monitor within a planning framework, such as Limits of Acceptable Change.

This study sought to identify the setting attributes perceived to have the most profound effect on the ability to have “a real. Concern about the Icicle group’s proposal to use the Alpine Lakes as reservoirs.

Wilderness areas are a place of rejuvenation and healthy hiking and wildlife watching. Link to full comment. Using the Alpine Lakes as reservoirs is the existing condition.

One of the Alternatives being considered is to improve the operation of the Alpine Lakes. Besides seeking statutory protection for the area, the Alpine Lakes Protection Society of Washington worked to forestall extractive uses likely to affect the wilderness quality of the Alpine Lakes region.

In June Congress passed the Alpine Lakes Management Act ofwhich established the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. In addition to increases in outdoor recreation participation and wilderness visitation, the typical wilderness visit is also changing.

Wilderness visitor groups are getting smaller, typically ranging from people; lengths of stay are getting shorter, with day use being the most common type of wilderness visit; and many people are now choosing to visit wilderness areas closer to their home.

The all-new guide, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, features a wide range of hikes that vary in difficulty, geography, and theme so that hikers of any age and skill level will find trails that fit their taste. Easy to use, the guide includes details on overnight permits, car-camping options near wilderness access points, detailed maps, elevation gain Reviews: wilderness destinations: Marion Lake in the Mt.

Jefferson Wilderness, Pete Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and the Lakes Basin (and on trails accessing the Basin) in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. They were interviewed or filled out a short questionnaire about their immediate experience.

Variation related to use levels on particular days and whether. The most popular volume in the series, Hikes in Washington's Alpine Lakes has been completely updated and revised.

This rewarding collection of day trips and overnight backpacks covers the area between Stevens and Snoqualmie passes from north to south, Mount Si and Mission Ridge from east to west, and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness s:   Enchantment Lakes, Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.

Photo: Stephen Hui Manning, on the other hand, was a warrior for wilderness “deeps”–places inaccessible to all but the most dedicated of humans, places protected from the environmental hardships brought by hundreds of hikers and their noise, trash, and inevitable “traces,” even with the.

Figure Reactions to Use Levels in Alpine Lakes Wilderness Figure Percent of Alpine Lakes Trips that are Overnight Trips Figure Perception of Changes in Management and Conditions in Alpine Lakes Wilderness 48 Figure Alpine Lakes Wilderness Regulations Booklet (PDF File) Glacier Peak Wilderness; Goat Rocks Wilderness; Henry M.

Jackson Wilderness; William O. Douglas Wilderness; Minimum Impact Suggestions. Human waste. Select a site at least feet from a water source whenever possible. Bury waste in a hole three- to six-inches deep and cover with soil.

Use. The Enchantment Permit Area is typified by rugged glaciated peaks and a series of lakes ranging from feet to feet in elevation.

The lower trails and lakes are forested, while the upper lakes are within a largely alpine environment. Trails are in places quite primitive, with steep, rocky sections.

Impacts of recreation use limits in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness (Report to the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Experiment Station).

Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University, Department of. Examined wilderness campers' perceptions and evaluations of campsite impacts. 51 groups of campers in Mt.

Jefferson Wilderness, Oregon, completed on-site interviews regarding their perceptions and. "The strategy calls for new, larger dams and water diversions in Alpine Lakes Wilderness, which would negatively impact recreation and trails," the WTA has told its members.

Walking Softly in the Wilderness. It was subtitled “How to use the wilderness without harming it.” Like the NOLS Conservation Practices, there was a section on general practices, followed by sections specific to deserts, rivers and lakes, coasts, arctic and alpine.

The Wilderness Act was created to protect backcountry resources, however; the cumulative effects of recreational impacts are adversely affecting the biophysical resource elements. Waptus Lake is located in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, the most heavily used wilderness in Washington State.

Waptus Lake campsites were assessed for. tractors. In a study of campers in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Brunson and Shelby () confirmed that necessity and amenity attributes such as prox- imity to water, level ground, and adequate size were most important among site attributes.

Thus, visitors may perceive changes and recognize them as. (a) The Alpine Lakes Wilderness (hereinafter referred to 16 u s e as "the wilderness"), the "Intended Wilderness", and the peripheral note. area (hereinafter referred to as the "management unit"), shall com- prise the areas so depicted on the map entitled "Alpine Lakes Area" and dated Junewhich shall be on file and available for.

Help keep the Alpine Lakes #Wilderness wild. Act before July 30 to stop dam construction that would harm the area’s wilderness character and set a bad precedent for our entire National Wilderness Preservation System: via @WildernessWatch.

Since the problem stemmed from increasing recreational use, the solution most often suggested was to identify a carrying capacity and to limit use so the number of recreationists never exceeded this capacity.

In the early s, parks, rivers, and wilderness areas started limiting the number of recreationists through permit systems. The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a large wilderness area spanning the Central Cascades of Washington state in the United wilderness is located in parts of Wenatchee National Forest and Snoqualmie National Forest, and is approximately bounded by Interstate 90 and Snoqualmie Pass to the south and U.S.

Route 2 and Stevens Pass to the north. The Alpine Lakes is the largest wilderness. Alpine Lakes Wilderness additions Passed House subcommittee J Signed into law as sec. of Defense Bill, P.L. A acres of wilderness additions to Alpine Lakes Wilderness in WA. Also designates wild and scenic rivers.

Clean. is. The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a large wilderness area in the North Cascades mountain range, located in northern Washington state, the Northwestern United States. Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness are protected within the Wenatchee National Forest or Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.A list of notable lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is shown, below.

Lakes. Creeks impacted by the manipulation include Eightmile, French, Icicle, Klonaqua, Leland, Mountaineer, Prospect and Snow Creeks." The news letter goes on to say, "In other words, Alpine Lakes Wilderness remains at risk of future water development, including negative impacts to the wilderness lakes, streams and ecosystem.

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness was founded in and covers ,00 acres of the central Cascades. The land stretches from Snoqualmie Pass in the south to Leavenworth in the east and Stevens Pass in.

Another recent study based on users of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington and Oregon’s Three Sisters Wilderness, looked at what factors most detracted from visitors’ having a “real. Alpine Lakes are Sensitive to Change InMSI began a five year contract with the USGS to take water samples from six alpine lakes in the Weminuche Wilderness.

These lakes are part of a twenty-five year study which has analyzed water chemistry in Rocky Mountain lakes to determine changes in the atmospheric deposition of mercury, sulfates.

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