Recreation Ecosystem Services from Chaparral Dominated Landscapes: A Baseline Assessment from National Forests in Southern California

  • Cloé Garnache
  • Lorie Srivastava
  • José J. Sánchez
  • Frank Lupi
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Part of the Springer Series on Environmental Management book series (SSEM)

Abstract

This chapter examines recreation ecosystem services provided by chaparral dominated landscapes. Such areas are popular around the world amongst recreation users, including hikers, mountain bikers, campers, and nature enthusiasts. Yet, relatively few studies have documented the recreation services provided by chaparral landscapes such as national forests. For policy makers to manage these areas effectively, baseline information on the provision of recreation services and the populations who benefit is important, especially given current stressors such as overuse and projected climate change effects. To this end, this chapter examines four chaparral dominated national forests surrounding the Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan areas, namely the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino. Using data from the USDA Forest Service’s National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) survey, we discuss the types of visitors using these public lands and their recreation use patterns. Our analyses suggest recreation in chaparral dominated national forests is especially important for minorities. Yet, these landscapes are facing altered human and natural disturbance regimes that may affect the recreation services they provide.

Keywords

Chaparral National forests National Visitor Use Monitoring survey Recreation demand Visitor survey 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cloé Garnache
    • 1
  • Lorie Srivastava
    • 2
  • José J. Sánchez
    • 3
  • Frank Lupi
    • 1
  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  3. 3.USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research StationRiversideUSA

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