Trampling Impact on Alpine Vegetation
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Maybe others have seen this. It looks to be 5 years old but someone at the University of Canterbury has completed a Masters' thesis considering the impact of trampling on alpine vegetation, both in areas near tracks. (It's just now been added to the Sport NZ Sport and Recreation Library.)
It was conducted near tracks in Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Park, and considers the relation between specific levels of impact and resulting overall damage to two specific alpine vegetation types (tussock herb field and cushion bog).
The abstract's at http://ir.canterbu...z/handle/10092/1494 and you can download the full thesis (272 pages) from the link at the end. I haven't read it, but I'm glad to see some formal research.
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