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Comparison of Condition Class, Point Sampling and Track Problem Assessment Methods in Assessing the Condition of Walking Tracks in New South Wales Protected Areas

Categories: Fauna, Flora, Land, Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Oceania, Pacific, Planet, Private Sector, Report, Visitors
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This report is one in a series examining terrestrial ecological impacts of visitor use. The purpose of the field testing was to assess the utility of each method in terms of:ability to characterise track conditions and develop comprehensive track profilesease of application and staff time needed to apply each method potential to be used for long term monitoring and/or large scale detailed track inventories based on the consistency of the result obtained by different crews.

by Wendy Hill and Catherine Pickering

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Comparison of Condition Class, Point Sampling and Track Problem Assessment Methods in Assessing the Condition of Walking Tracks in New South Wales Protected Areas

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Marketing of Protected Areas as a Tool to Influence Visitors’ Pre-Visit Decisions

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This report focuses on the issues salient to developing and implementing pre-visit communications in the context of protected area marketing and management. Establishing experience and behavioural expectations prior to visiting a protected area is central to ultimate visitor satisfaction as well as environmental protection. In designing pre-visit communication that promotes park and protected area visitation, as well as shapes behavioural expectations, managers must have a framework with which to both plan and implement effective pre-visit communication strategies.

by Mike Reid, Stephen Wearing and Glen Croy

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Marketing of Protected Areas as a Tool to Influence Visitors' Pre-Visit Decisions

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This project aimed to identify sites on the Victorian bank of the Murray River where community values indicate that either further conservation is desired or where development is acceptable. Since the region is under pressure from population and tourism growth and a diversity of land uses, the Victorian government is considering the use of public land and the appropriateness of access to commercial and community activities. In this study, questionnaire surveys were sent to a representative sample of residents, visitors and tour operators asking them to indicate their preferences for future development and show locations of a range of values including biological, scenic, economic, recreation, therapeutic and wilderness and sites for future tourism or residential growth. Spatial analysis of the survey data using GIS revealed the locations of particular importance. On the basis of modelling using these values, these locations were predicted to be national/state parks.

by Sharron L. Pfueller, Xuan Zhu, Paul Whitelaw, Caroline Winter

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Spatial Mapping of Community Values for Tourism Planning and Conservation in the Murray River Reserves, Victoria, Australia

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The aim of this report is to provide a systematic approach to using a set of core variables to collect data in a way that can be consistently applied across Australian protected areas.

by Susan A Moore, Gary Crilley, Simon Darcy, Tony Griffin, Ross Taplin, Joanna Tonge, Aggie Wegner and Amanda Smith

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Designing and Testing a Park-based Visitor Survey

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This report provides an estimate of direct tourist spending and the contribution of that spending to Queensland’s gross state product that can be attributed to tourists’ access to national parks (NPs). The first phase of The Valuing Tourism Spend in Queensland National Parks Study was designed to provide an assessment of tourist spending associated with national parks at the regional level. Following consultation with key stakeholders of the study, a research team from The University of Queensland collected primary visitor survey data in four regions of the State of Queensland with a view to determining an estimate of the visitor spend attributable to the NPs in these regions. These regions were selected as examples of the four different types of protected area region (urban, iconic, remote and outback) to be found in Queensland. The data collected in the survey were then used to infer a value for national park-generated visitor spending for all national park regions in Queensland. The results of this study indicate that a best estimate of visitor spending associated with national parks is approximately $4.43 billion per annum with $749 million per annum in national park-generated spending.

by Roy Ballantyne, Richard Brown, Shane Pegg and Noel Scott

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Valuing Tourism Spend Arising from Visitation to Queensland National Parks

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This report provides an analysis of potential practical applications of current and upcoming IT-based (digital) monitoring and surveillance systems and technology in other industry sectors for use in Australian terrestrial and marine protected areas. The knowledge generated will provide a basis for the potential future development of reliable and cost-effective methods for monitoring visitor movements and activities, and compliance with park regulations (including user pay systems).

by Jan Warnken and Michael Blumenstein

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Monitoring Visitor Use in Australian Terrestrial and Marine Protected Areas

 

 

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This project provides series of detailed assessments of tourism values and costs in localities adjacent to protected areas in Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. The project demonstrates a range of techniques for respectively measuring social, environmental and economic impacts of tourism activity.

by Michael Hughes, Tod Jones, Marg Deery, David Wood, Liz Fredline, Zachary Whitely, and Michael Lockwood

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Off-road driving, horseriding, rock climbing and similar activities can be lucrative for tour operators and important for local recreational groups, but contentious for management of national parks and protected areas, both because of safety and liability and because of potentially high environmental impacts. This report examines management strategies for these activities worldwide and in Australia. Suggestions for best management practice and future research agendas are set.

by Carl Cater, Ralf Buckley, Robert Hales, David Newsome, Catherine Pickering and Amanda Smith

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An Integrated Framework for Developing Ecological Indicators of Visitor Use of Protected Areas

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Protected area managers need to monitor the ecological impacts of visitor use and assess their performance in managing visitor use. To assist this process STCRC has established a series of projects to develop indicators and protocols for assessing visitor use and its impacts that can be used as part of an integrated monitoring system for protected areas. The aim of this report was to evaluate existing information related to the development of impact indicators and how these might be applied to the management of visitor impacts in protected areas. The objective was to develop an integrated framework that would deliver a range of indicators appropriate at a variety of park management levels.

by Guy Castley, Wendy Hill, Catherine Pickering, Wade Hadwen and Graeme Worboys

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