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Outdoor Education - Conflicts of interest: land use

Conflicts of interest

The three different types of land use (commercial, recreational and
conservation) all compete for the same areas of available land, There is,
therefore, a great deal of conflict in the management of land. Outdoor
'resource-based' recreation activities contribute to the non-material needs
of society. Participation in many of these activities has shown high growth
rates over recent years. With all this growth in recreation coupled with
shrinking arable land, conflicts are inevitable. Intensive or uncontrolled
recreational use [1] of land and water can damage soils and vegetation,
pollute water, and disturb fauna. The damage can be done simply by too many
footsteps in a concentrated area, or on a large scale by clearing and
construction of a commercial tourist resort. Off-road recreation vehicles
such trail bikes, dune buggies and four wheel-drive vehicles can cause
significant problems by their physical impact. [2] Both coastal and alpine
areas are particularly attractive to recreational users, but are fragile
environments that can easily be damaged by intensive use.

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