Accession Number:

ADA434409

Title:

A Conceptual Approach to Recreation Habitat Analysis

Descriptive Note:

Technical note

Corporate Author:

ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

This technical note describes a procedure to identify and rank outdoor recreation habitats using principles of ecology as a guide. The Habitat Evaluation Procedures HEP is a commonly used technique for assessing human impacts on the vigor of wildlife species, and serves as the model for the Recreation Habitat Analysis Method RHAM. Each wildlife species has certain habitat requirements that can be evaluated using HEP. Recreation activities are also dependent on habitat attributes for their success. Ecological principles such as competition and succession also have parallel functions in analysis of recreation habitats. This technical note focuses on those water-based outdoor recreation activities that are consistently the most popular at large multipurpose lakes under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1993. However, RHAM has application to all recreation experiences in a variety of settings, including smaller water bodies and riparian and terrestrial ecosystems. An example model is included. Background People are dependent upon Earth earths natural resources for survival and for comfort. We have certain requirements of resources and combinations of resources for all of our activities, including workplace, living area, transportation corridors, and feeding areas. Collectively, these resources comprise our habitat. An important activity of people is outdoor recreation. This activity, like all others, requires certain resource components, singly and in combination, to be successfully accomplished. Further, each recreation activity requires resources unique to that activity. Some activities are more compatible than others, permitting sharing of resources other activities are more specialized and demand more individual requirements.

Subject Categories:

  • Biology
  • Ecology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE