International Journal of Wilderness
Considerable research has been conducted on the constraints to recreation that traditionally underrepresented communities in the United States confront; however, there remains a lack of synthesis concerning constraints to visitation to federally designated wilderness areas. This scoping review of the current available literature seeks to reveal what constraints have been identified to visitation to federally designated wilderness in the United States and what groups are experiencing them. Constraints identified include discomfort and safety concerns specific to wilderness settings, cultural expectations, and issues of time, cost, and access. Additionally, constraints are explored with reference to the influence of management actions focused on preserving wilderness character, and directions of future research are discussed.
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Thomas, Elena R.; Rice, William L.; Rushing, Jaclyn R.; Thomsen, Jennifer M.; and Armatas, Christopher A., "Constraints to Wilderness Recreation: A Scoping Review of Existing Research" (2022). Society and Conservation Faculty Publications. 36.