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Inadequate Faeces Disposal in Back-country Areas, Tasmania: Environmental Impacts and Potential Solutions


Bridle, K and Von Platen, J and Leeming, R and Kirkpatrick, JB, Inadequate Faeces Disposal in Back-country Areas, Tasmania: Environmental Impacts and Potential Solutions, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 14, (1) pp. 58-67. ISSN 1448-6563 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/14486563.2007.10648702


In Australia and overseas, park managers have long expressed concern about human waste management, especially along popular overnight walking tracks. Within Australia, states have implemented Minimal Impact Bushwalking guidelines (MIB) for day and overnight park users. In Tasmania, these guidelines advise walkers to bury their toilet waste in a hole approximately 15 cm deep and 100 m away from campsites or water sources. Data presented in this paper show that these guidelines are not being followed. A number of deposits of poorly buried human waste were found within 50 m of a popular hut in one national park. The impact of nutrient additions from human urine and faeces on soils and vegetation was limited to within a few metres of the hut. Human faecal contamination was detected in small pools near the hut. Management options for influencing the behaviour of overnight walkers are discussed within the framework of a 'limits to acceptable change' model.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Natural resource management
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Tourism services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bridle, K (Dr Kerry Bridle)
UTAS Author:Von Platen, J (Ms Julie Von Platen)
UTAS Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
ID Code:48586
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2008-04-19

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