Title: Hiker trampling impacts on Eastern forests
Author: Leonard, R.E.; McMahon, J.L.; Kehoe, K.M.
Source: Res. Pap. NE-555. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 5 p.
Station ID: RP-NE-555
Description: Trampling impact studies were conducted in two eastern forest stands in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. Changes in plant mortality on simulated trails during a trampling period and a recovery period were monitored photographically. The extent of damage and rate of recovery varied among species. For most species, the greatest change in plant mortality occurred between 100 and 300 trampling passes.
Keywords: trampling, plant mortality, hiker impact
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Leonard, R.E.; McMahon, J.L.; Kehoe, K.M. 1985. Hiker trampling impacts on Eastern forests. Res. Pap. NE-555. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 5 p..