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The Effect of Logging and Intensive Camping on Vegetation in Riding Mountain National Park
- de Vos, A., Bailey, R. H.
- Forestry chronicle 1970 v.46 no.1 pp. 49-55
- camping, ecological succession, forbs, forest communities, forest damage, grasses, herbs, logging, national parks, shrubs, vegetation
- The effects of logging and intensive camping on the composition and structure of vegetation in disturbed forest communities in the eastern portion of Riding Mountain National Park were investigated by quantitative and qualitative methods.The results indicated that logging favours the growth of shrubs, and tall coarse grasses and forbs, and hinders the development of small herbs. With few exceptions, logging did not appear to be responsible for the elimination of any species. The effects of logging on plant succession are discussed.Camping was found to be detrimental to indigenous vegetation on intensively used areas.