Management of hiking trails on national forest is very important business in Taiwan. Trail visitors are demanding higher quality of forest trail experience making official foresters to take delicate management prescriptions on forest trails. Budget and man power are the primary two concerns. With limited budget and man power, some of old and dangerous forest trails have to be closed for the general public. Then, the other existing trails can be managed efficiently such that forest trail visitors are happy and sustainable forest management can be pursued. The 14 forest trails in the Nantou Forest District has been investigated in the passing year and 11 forest trails were verified as suitable for this study. Forest trails are open all year round so visitors tally should make at least in a whole year period. However, sampling is the only alternate if all 11 trails have to be investigated in one year. The objective of this paper was to investigate all 11 trails in the passing year and visitor information for every single trail can be used in daily forest trail management at the Nantou forest district. Sampling and questionnaire were performed on visitors, community leaders, and foresters at every trail. Only the 99-Peaks forest trail was discussed in detail, hour by hour for weekends and weekdays separately. The final results have been submitted to the Nantou forest district and visitors when they pay visit at all 11 forest trails are very useful in their daily operation and long term forest management.
Juei-Wen Tseng, Taiwan Shoufu University, Taiwan
Yu-Ming Wang, Taiwan Shoufu University, Taiwan
Ping-Chih Lu, Taiwan Shoufu University, Taiwan
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