Categories · Threats
Although recreational activities can have very positive effects on biodiversity by providing much-needed income for protected areas, they can have a negative impact if not managed effectively. Intensive recreational facilities such as campgrounds often result in the removal of the local vegetation for use on camp fires.
This is well documented in the case of Cupressus dupreziana var dupreziana in Algeria whereby many trees have become mutilated as a result of the removal of fire wood as a source of fuel for campers and is having a very negative impact on an already dwindling small population. Areas of high human use such as camping grounds will also increase the potential for increased fire occurrence. Because conifers are a common component in mountainous regions where they often dominate, they are particularly vulnerable to the development of winter sport activities such as ski resorts. Some conifer species have become threatened due to invasive plant pathogens and non-native weeds which can be spread by activities such as hiking, horse riding and mountain biking.
There are 12 taxa in the category – Human intrusions, Recreational activities:
Endemic to four mountains in South Korea, the population suffers a range of threats including climate change, introduced pathogens and invasive native and non-native plants… Read full species entry >
Native to mountains adjacent to the north-eastern Mediterranean coast in Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. Threats include pathogens, fire, urbanisation, selective felling, activities associated with winter sports and grazing.… Read full species entry >
Cupressus dupreziana var. dupreziana
Native to the Sahara Desert in Algeria where it occupies a narrow strip of about 120km long on the edge of Tassili Plateau. It is Critically Endangered due to grazing and cutting for firewood… Read full species entry >
Endemic to California, USA where it is facing a range of threats including changes to fire regimes, urbanisation, invasive non-native plants and agriculture.… Read full species entry >
Cupressus goveniana var. goveniana
Endemic to California, USA where altered fire regimes and ubanisation are the main threats… Read full species entry >
One of four species of Dacrydium endemic to New Caledonia where it has an extremely restricted distribution and is Critically Endangered due to fire, tourism and flooding.… Read full species entry >
This, the only known parasitic conifer species is endemic to New Caledonia where it's host is the conifer Falcatifolium taxoides.… Read full species entry >
Native to a very small area in the Blue Mountains of Australia where threats include pollution, invasive plants species and extreme fire events… Read full species entry >
Pinus elliottii var. densa
The southern Florida Slash Pine is restrcited to southern Florida where it faces a number of threats such as poor regeneration, disease, hybridisation, rising sea levels and urban development.
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Distributed on the Pacific coast of California and on two islands off the coast of Mexico, it is threatened by feral goats on the islands and by an introduced pathogen, and competition from other trees in the absence of periodic fires on the mainland… Read full species entry >