Physically exclude pedestrians
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Walking on marshes or swamps can damage their vegetation, soils and hydrology (e.g. Ross 2006; Woolfolk 1999). This is a particular problem when the same area is repeatedly crossed e.g. in popular hiking areas, in tourist sites/nature reserves, or when scientists make repeat visits to sample plots. Pedestrians could be physically excluded from pristine areas to prevent damage, or from degraded areas to let them recover. Physical barriers could be fences, fallen trees or water/wet ground.
Ross P.M. (2006) Macrofaunal loss and microhabitat destruction: the impact of trampling in a temperate mangrove forest, NSW Australia. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 14, 167–184.
Woolfolk A.M. (1999) Effects of human trampling and cattle grazing on salt marsh assemblages in Elkhorn Slough, California. Masters Thesis, California State University, USA.