Title

Visitor impact monitoring in the coastal and barrier island network.

Document Type

Conference Paper

Journal/Book Title

Proceedings of the George Wright Society/ National Park Service Joint Conference April14-‐‐18, 2003

Publication Date

1-1-2004

First Page

135

Last Page

139

Abstract

The preservation of the eastern coastal and barrier island protected areas continues to be an important priority for the National Park Service (NPS). These sandy beach coastal areas have a long history of visitor use, as they provide outstanding opportunities for recreation and nature appreciation. Combined with their proximity to the major population centers of the eastern United States, it is no surprise that visitation levels are high, representing an on-going management challenge. Moreover, these areas are unique and dynamic ecosystems, providing habitat to rare species.

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