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Analysis of visitor impact on the environments of the Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park and implications for recreational management

Calais, Satwant Singh 1981 , 'Analysis of visitor impact on the environments of the Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park and implications for recreational management', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The Cradle Mountain - Lake.St. Clair National Park
is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state,
having 135,000 day visitors and 16,000 daywalkers and back-country
walkers in 1979/80. The majority of visitors were
well educated and were either in professional.and administrative
positions or were students. 'Seventy percent of the
backcountry visitors were from the mainland states.
The large number of walkers in the park have contributed
towards the deterioration of the track system, with
29% of the tracks in a poor state. Badly damaged tracks
are concentrated at high altitudes and on ill-drained areas
where user intensity exceeds 1500 persons per annum.
Track rehabilitation and relocation to allow comfort
near the vehicle access points and to avoid further environmental
damage elsewhere will cost approximately $700,000.
The rate of recolonization of alpine areas bared
and eroded by trampling is extremely slow and active rehabilitation
may be required. Recolonization of subalpine heaths,
sedgelands and grasslands seems to be adequate.
The problems of littering and track deterioration
recognised by the questionnaire respondents seem partly
susceptible to solution through manipulatory techniques of park management. A fee system, overwhelmingly supported by questionnaire respondents, could easily cover the costs
of solving the physical problems of track deterioration.
The key to successful park management is the
education of actual and potential park users. Without
their support and appreciation of management problems and
strategies, the most well thought out management plan would
not realize its goals.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Calais, Satwant Singh
Keywords: Recreation
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Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Tasmania, 1981. One col. fold. map in pocket. Bibliography: l. 296-302

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