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Carrying Capacity in Recreation Settings

Bo Shelby and Thomas A. Heberlein

6 × 9 inches. Bibliography. Index. 164 pages.

1986. ISBN 978-0-87071-426-9. Paperback, $18.95.

One of the most difficult questions facing researchers and managers in recreation resource management is how to determine the optimum carrying capacity of a given recreation site--how many people is too many? And this is a question that is becoming increasingly urgent as increasing resource use produces more problems of crowding and overuse. In this context, effective management becomes increasingly important. But truly effective management must rely on the provision of relevant data and practical models from researchers.

Carrying Capacity in Recreation Settings applies research to management by using hard data to solve real problems. The authors note the shortcomings of previous attempts to solve the problem of carrying capacity, and give details of their own method of doing so, illustrated with real-life applications in diverse recreation settings. The model developed here has been used by state and federal agencies to estimate carrying capacities for the Grand Canyon and other areas, and it has already become a basic theoretical approach for research in the field.

Carrying Capacity in Recreation Settings is an essential tool for all researchers, resource managers, and advanced students.

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