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Recreation planning for coastal B. C. parks: an ecological (biophysical) inventory and analysis approach Woollacott, Gregory Christopher


Theory of ecological (biophysical) land classification is presented. The theory of integrated ecological land classification, mapping and analysis is applied to recreational land planning. An approach to recreational site-suitability analysis appropriate for reconnaissance level inventories and analyses of recreation capabilities is presented. Clague Mountain Park, Kitimat, B.C. served as a case study for applying the recreation site-suitability analysis approach developed. Landforms, identified using the Terrain Classification System (Ministry of Environment, 1978), served as the basis upon which selected ecologically-significant parameters were inventoried and analyzed. The parameters used in this analysis included topography, depth to bedrock, frost action, flood hazard, vegetation, climate and various soil characteristics, including moisture regime, texture, stoniness, rockiness, permeability and erosion hazard. The activities considered in this analysis included camping (intensive), hiking (summer), picnicking/day use, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, mountain climbing/mountaineering, toboggan-ning, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. The recreational suitability of the park was summarized in tables and maps. It was found that this site-suitability analysis approach provided an effective means for establishing an area's recreational suitability. It is recommended that the findings of this analysis be used to assist in any future recreation planning and management within the park.

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