A classification of campsites in Prince William Sound, Alaska, USA
Journal of Environmental Management
This study examined resource conditions on backcountry campsites in Prince William Sound, Alaska, USA. In order to further the understanding of campsite impacts and to improve monitoring and assessment methods, we employed a multivariate analysis procedure, suggested in one study, but heretofore untested on data from other campsite assessments. Factor analysis of ten impact indicator variables from 146 campsites produced three dimensions of campsite impact-tree and vegetation disturbance, areal disturbance and visitor behavior-related disturbance. Three types of campsites, which differed substantially in the types of impact exhibited, were then derived from a cluster analysis of the factor scores. Further analysis revealed a significant relationship between the types of substrates where campsites were located and the types of campsites derived from the analysis. This work illustrates the utility of multi-indicator monitoring approaches and the use of multivariate methods for classifying campsites, as the campsite types identified would likely require different management strategies for limiting the proliferation and expansion of impacts.
Monz, C. A. and Twardock, P. 2010. A classification of campsites in Prince William Sound, Alaska, USA. Journal of Environmental Management. 91(7) 1566-‐‐1572.