Smoke Does Little To Scare Off Campers On Public Lands, Report Suggests

Public radio stations across the American West highlight a new RFF study about the affect of wildfire smoke on outdoor recreation.

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Aug. 4, 2021

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"Camping season and wildfire season overlap. But smoke doesn't appear to scare off many campers on public lands, according to a new report from the non-profit research firm Resources for the Future.

By comparing campground data in the West to wildfire, smoke, and air quality data over a ten-year period, the researchers found that campground use declines in response to fire and smoke–but by very little."

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