Assessment of wildland transportation systems



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Texas Tech University


Transportation system planning for wildland recreation areas is becoming an increasingly complex and significant problem for managers who attempt to respond to the needs of the users of the area and the occupants of the region. This problem has been compounded in recent years by significant increases in the number of individuals using wildland areas for recreational purposes. Further complications have arisen from recent fuel availability crises and from the requirement that areas administered by the United States Forest Service must, in most cases, be multiple-use resource areas.

In most cases, a comprehensive solution to wildland transportation problems will cross political and jurisdictional boundaries. One of the trial applications for the procedures developed in this study was the Greater Yellowstone Cooperative Regional Transportation Study, representing three states and numerous Federal agencies. These agencies ranged from the Federal Aviation Administration (with an interest in the Jackson Airport) through the United States Department of Agriculture (eleven national forests administered by the Forest Service); the Department of the Interior (two national parks administered by the Park Service); the Bureau of Land Management; the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho; and numerous other agencies at all levels of government.



National parks and reserves, Transportation