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dc.contributor.authorHill, Wendyen_US
dc.contributor.authorPickering, Catherineen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T13:21:02Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T13:21:02Z
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.date.modified2009-09-15T07:35:06Z
dc.identifier.issn0301-4797en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jenvman.2005.04.007en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/14486
dc.description.abstractTourism infrastructure such as walking tracks can have negative effects on vegetation including in mountain regions. In the alpine area around continental Australia's highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko (2228 m), there is a range of walking tracks (paved, gravel and raised steel mesh surfaces) in addition to an extensive network of informal/non-hardened tracks. Vegetation characteristics were compared between track types on/under tracks, on the track verge, and in the adjacent native vegetation. For a raised steel mesh walkway there was no difference in vegetation under the walkway, on the verge, and 3 m away. In contrast, for a non-hardened track there was 35% bare ground on the track surface but no other detectable impacts. Gravel and paved tracks had distinct verges largely comprising bare ground and exotic species. For non-hardened tracks there was an estimated 270 m2 of disturbance per km of track. For wide gravel tracks the combined area of bare ground, exotic plants and gravel was estimated as 4290 m2 per km, while for narrow gravel tracks it was estimated as 2940 m2 per km. For paved tracks there was around 2680 m2 per km of damage. In contrast, there was no detectable effect of raised steel mesh walkway on vegetation highlighting some of the benefits of this surface over other track types.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.publisher.placeLondonen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/622871/description#descriptionen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom24en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto34en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Environmental Managementen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume78en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode270703en_US
dc.titleVegetation associated with different walking track types in the Kosciuszko alpine area, Australiaen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Environmenten_US
gro.date.issued2006
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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