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Inadequate faeces disposal in back-country areas, Tasmania: environmental impacts and potential solutions


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Bridle, K and von Platen, J and Leeming, R and Kirkpatrick, JB (2007) Inadequate faeces disposal in back-country areas, Tasmania: environmental impacts and potential solutions. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 14 (1). pp. 58-67. ISSN 1448-6563

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In Australia and overseas, park managers have long
expressed concern about human waste management,
especially along popular overnight walking tracks.
Within Australia, states have implemented Minimal
Impact Bushwalking guidelines (MIB) for day and
overnight park users. In Tasmania, these guidelines
advise walkers to bury their toilet waste in a hole
approximately 15 cm deep and 100 m away from
campsites or water sources. Data presented in this paper
show that these guidelines are not being followed. A
number of deposits of poorly buried human waste were
found within 50 m of a popular hut in one national park.
The impact of nutrient additions from human urine and
faeces on soils and vegetation was limited to within a few
metres of the hut. Human faecal contamination was
detected in small pools near the hut. Management options
for influencing the behaviour of overnight walkers are
discussed within the framework of a ‘limits to acceptable
change’ model.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Journal of Environmental Management
Publisher: Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
Page Range: pp. 58-67
ISSN: 1448-6563
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:32
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:35
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