The use of new technologies in wilderness comes in many forms including the common cell phone, GPS mapping, social media, and personal locator beacons – to name a few. The effects of the use of these technologies is not yet well studied and understood in terms of both biophysical impacts and the visitor experience. Interviews with wilderness managers indicate increasing use of many forms of new technologies without agency policy to help guide management decisions, leading to inconsistency or lack of action. A lack of empirical research on the impacts of new technologies and inadequate policy and/or guidance is the foremost barrier to making informed and consistent management decisions.

Click here to read a paper on this topic by Tom Carlson.

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