Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1971

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Wildlife and Fisheries Science

Abstract

A study was initiated to devise a method for selecting prairie wetlands on which nature interpretation areas could be established. An evaluation form was designed to systematically identify areas of good potential and 64 prairie wetlands were evaluated. Twenty-two percent of the evaluated marshes were found to rank “excellent”: the method of evaluation was determined successful. A survey was initiated to determine visitor preferences for interpretive methods and facilities at an existing wildlife-interpretive trail. Seventy-nine percent of the visitors indicated preference for a self-guiding interpretive trail. Maps and pictures used in conjunction with self-guiding signs were deemed important. Ninety-one percent believed that natural features and wildlife on prairie marshes would be interesting enough to justify interpretive facilities. This, and other information gathered, should be considered when establishing interpretive areas on prairie wetlands.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Wetlands -- South Dakota
Nature trails
Water Birds

Description

Includes bibliographical references (pages 29)

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

36

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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