Recreational kayak visitor use, distribution, and economic value in Prince William Sound, Alaska USA

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Conference Paper

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Wilderness science in a time of change conference

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Visitor use data was collected for the years 1987 to 1998 from sea kayak guide/outfitters, charter boats, lodges and rental businesses operating in western Prince William Sound, Alaska. The majority of the Sound is part of the Chugach National Forest and includes the 2.1 million-acre Nellie Juan Wilderness Study Area, where most recreational use examined in this study is concentrated. Results show that use increased from 6,646 visitor-days in 1987, at an annual rate of 7.5%, to approximately 12,786 visitor-days per season in 1998. Concurrently, gross revenues per beach for guide/operators and charters grew at a rate of 22% annually.

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