Product Type: Open-file Report
Author(s): Ponds, P.D., N. Burkardt, and L. Koontz
Ponds, P.D., N. Burkardt, and L. Koontz. 2004. Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge: a survey of visitor experiences: report to respondents: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1331. 26 p.
This publication is available from the USGS Fort Collins Science Center .
In the fall of 2000, researchers from the Policy Analysis and Science Assistance Program (PASA) of the Fort Collins Science Center (FORT) in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) met with the staff of the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge (CPNWR) to discuss the issues related to social, economic, and human dimensions of natural resource management as it related to the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) planning process. As a result of the meeting a research study was designed to better understand how visitors are affected by environmental management decisions and provide information to assist the refuge managers in making decisions regarding public use and recreational management related to the goals of the proposed CCP. More specifically, information was collected to document the type and frequency of visitor use; assess the importance of recreational activities; and to determine visitor attitude about recreation management decisions within the refuge. To this end, we designed a study to assess the effects of the no-action and alternative management plans for the Refuge visitors’ perceptions and likely visitation patterns…