Artículo Year: 2009 Vol.: 7 No.: 1 pp.: 29-42 Language: Inglés

Sustainable Trail Management in Costa Rica National Park: The use of photography in trail surface decisions under tropical rainforest conditions

Author: Juan A. Aguirre G.

Volcan Poas National Park (VPNP) is Costa Rica's most visited park. Its facilities, accessibility, and proximity to the major cities of the country make VPNP a preferred destination for local and foreigner visitors. Aside from its active volcanic cone, the park trails are a major asset. The extremely wet conditions prevailing throughout the year and heavy visitation made it essential to determine visitor's trail surface preferences to guarantee park trail sustainability. The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of using photos in combination with a regular survey to identify the socio-demographic characteristics and other trail related variables that affect trail surface selection to guide management decisions and resource allocation related to trail design, construction, and maintenance. The study was conducted during May, June and July of 2005.

ISSN: 1695-7121
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