'n Omgewingsbestuurstelsel vir wandelpaaie in die Golden Gate Hoogland Nasionale Park
Erasmus, Frederick Johannes
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The type and extent of the physical deterioration (erosion) of t he hiking t r a i l/ rock type associations in the Golden Ga te Highland National P a rk and the possible reasons for the deterioration a re clear from the results of the empirical study. Erosion can be directly a t t r ibut ed to the influence of the hike r s' walking action. The extent of erosion varies between different hiking trail/rock type associations. Through a correlation analysis between erosion values and certain topographical variables, ideal sampling points were identified and the results can be used as criteria for the future planning of hiking trails. Differences between the field and p a th measurements for pl ant n u t r i e nt s t a tus, t extur al composition and soil compaction, are clear evidence of the physical deterioration of the hiking trails t h at can be directly a t t r ibut ed to t he influence of the hikers. Physical limitations experienced by the hikers can also cont r ibute to the increase in the erosion of a pa r t i cul ar trail section. C u r r e nt measures to stop erosion are not adequa t e. Therefore certain suggestions a re made. The installation of a pe rmanent walking path,segments could be a solution. In order to stop or mitigate any further deterioration of the hiking trails in the Golden Gate Highlands National P a rk and to prevent other negative environmental influences, an environmental management system has to be implemented by the P a rk management. The implementation of an environmental management system will ensure a balance between recreation and conservation.