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dc.contributor.authorMeadema, Peter Fletcheren_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-14T09:00:34Z
dc.date.available2018-11-14T09:00:34Z
dc.date.issued2018-11-13en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:17445en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/85837
dc.description.abstractThis research investigates the influence of layout and design on the severity of trail degradation. Previous trail studies have been restricted by relatively small study areas which provide a limited range of environmental conditions and therefore produce findings with limited applicability; this research improves on this limitation by analyzing a representative sample of the Appalachian Trail with significant ecological diversity. Most trail science studies have also focused on a singular form of trail degradation, whereas this study investigates trail soil loss, widening and muddiness, providing a more cohesive analysis and revealing interrelationships between trail degradation processes. ANOVA testing of the mean values of three trail impact indicators for trail transects within several trail layout frameworks confirms the broad relevance of core trail design principles, specifically the sustainability advantages of trails with low grades and side-hill alignments. Findings also reveal the importance of landform grade in determining the susceptibility of trails to degradation and the influence of routing decisions; these relationships have received relatively little attention in the literature. The results also reveal several methodological considerations for trail alignment metrics and trail impact indicators.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectRecreation Ecologyen_US
dc.subjectSustainable Trail Managementen_US
dc.subjectSustainable Trail Designen_US
dc.subjectTrail Degradationen_US
dc.subjectTrail Soil Lossen_US
dc.subjectTrail Wideningen_US
dc.subjectTrail Muddinessen_US
dc.subjectAppalachian Trailen_US
dc.titleThe Influence of Layout on Degradation of the Appalachian Trailen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentForest Resources and Environmental Conservationen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineForestryen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairMarion, Jeffrey L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWimpey, Jeremy F.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberShao, Yangen_US


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