University of Vermont

Vermont Tourism Research Center

VTRC Research and Outreach: recreation & trail use

Vermont Trail Collaborative Science Panel Work Group

The Science Panel is made up of an independent panel of representatives from the research community and Vermont Trail Collaborative. The panel interacts with other work groups and is charged with reviewing existing science and literature to indentify the research that is most relevant to trail management issues in this landscape. The panel will also recommend the most relevant original research priorities to be pursued.

Science Panel Documents

  • Science Panel Work Group Final Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography (pdf)
  • Science Panel Work Group Notes from the October 14, 2009 Meeting (pdf)
  • Research Issues (pdf)
  • Research Resources (pdf)
  • Trail Collaborative Research Priorities December 15, 2009 (pdf)
  • Science Panel Work Group Notes from the February 10, 2010 Conference Call (pdf)
  • Science Panel Work Group Notes from the March 23, 2010 Conference Call (pdf)
  • Science Panel Work Group Summary for the April 14, 2010 Vermont Trail Collaborative Meeting (pdf)
  • Science Panel Work Group Summary for the May 11, 2010 Conference Call (pdf)
  • Science Panel Work Group Summary for the September 8, 2010 Conference Call (pdf)


General Trail Publications
  • Cole, D. 1986. Resource Impacts Caused by Recreation. The President's Commission on Americans Outdoors. (pdf)
  • Wilson, J.P. & Seney, J.P. 1994. Erosional Impact of Hikers, Horses, Motorcycles, and Off-Road Bicycles on Mountain Trails in Montana. Mountain Research and Development 14(1):77-88. (pdf)
  • Newman, P., R. Manning, J. Bacon, A. Graefe, and G. Kyle. 2003. An Evaluation of Appalachian Trail Hikers' Knowledge of Minimum Impact Skills and Practices. International Journal of Wilderness 9(2):34-38. (pdf)
  • Stowkowski, P.A. & LaPointe, C.B. 2000. Environmental and Social Effects of ATV's and ORV's: An Annotated Bibliography and Research Assessment. (pdf)
  • Anderson, E., Mason, P., & Holmes, E. (1989). Blue experimental ATV trail. Unity,ME, Unity College: 1-39. (First year of study only)
  • Mason, P., & Duguay, J. (1991). Mt. Blue Experimental ATV Trail Environmental Research, Annual Report (1990). Unity College
Snowmobile Use
  • VHP Pioneer and VAST. 2010. Snowpack Chemistry Final Report. (pdf)
  • VHP Pioneer and VAST. 2010. Snowpack Chemistry Quality Assurance Project Plan. (pdf)
  • Ingersoll, G.P. 1998. Effects of Snowmobile Use on Snowpack Chemistry in Yellowstone National Park. (pdf)
  • Davenport, M., W. Borrie, W. Freimund, and R. Manning. 2002. Assessing the Relationship Between Desired Experiences and Support for Management Actions at Yellowstone National Park Using Multiple Methods. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 20(3):51-64. (pdf)
  • Borrie, W., W. Freimund, M. Davenport, and R. Manning. 2001. Crossing Methodological Boundaries: Assessing Visitor Motivations and Support for Management Actions at Yellowstone National Park Using Quantitative and Qualitative Research Approaches. The George Wright Forum 18(3): 72-84.(pdf)
  • American council of Snowmobile Associations. 2009. Multiple Use Trails for Winter Recreation: Facts and Myths about Snowmobiling. (pdf)
  • American council of Snowmobile Associations. 2008. Access Guide for Snowmobiling on Private and Public Lands: Part 2-Appendix of Resources. (pdf)
User Conflict
  • Manning, R. and W. Valliere. 2002. Coping in Outdoor Recreation: Causes and Consequences of Crowding and Conflict Among Community Residents. Journal of Leisure Research. 33: 410-426. (pdf)
  • Jacobi, C. and R. Manning. 1999. Crowding and Conflict on the Carriage Roads of Acadia National Park: An Application of the Visitor Experience and Resource Protection Framework. Park Science, 19(2):22-26. (pdf)
Ecological Issues
  • Gower, S.T. 2006. Are horses responsible for introducing non-native plants along trails in the eastern United States. American Endurance Riders Conference. (pdf)
  • Pickering, C. M., Hill, W., Newsome, D., and Leung, Y. 2010. Comparing hiking, mountain biking and horse riding impacts on vegetation and soils in Australia and the United States of America. Journal of Environmental Management, 91:551-562. (pdf)
  • Montana Chapter of the Wildlife Society 1999. Effects of Recreation on Rocky Mountain Wildlife: Chapter 6 Ungulates. (pdf)
  • Sack, D. and Luz, S. 2003. Sediment Flux and Compaction Trends on Off-Road Vehicle (OHV) and Other Trails in an Appalachian Forest Setting. Physical Geography 24(6) pp. 536-554. (pdf)

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