These data were collected using funding from the U.S. Government and can be used without additional permissions or fees. If you use these data in a publication, presentation, or other research product, please use the citation below when citing the data product:
Watson, Alan E.; Williams, Daniel R.; Daigle, John J. 2015. Social conditions, conflict, and preference data for users in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area in 1989. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2015-0002
This data publication contains visitor preference for naturalness and social conditions for their visitor experience in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area (RNRA) and Wilderness in Montana. Random onsite interviews were conducted to gather basic on-site information regarding length of visit, travel destinations, and group characteristics. If willing to participate, interviewees were sent mailback questionnaires which contained more details on classification of visitors by activities participated in, preference for conditions, factors influencing the quality of their experience, and overall feelings of the RNRA. A set of supplemental questions were then sent to all participants who returned the mailback questionnaire, because it was discovered that user conflict between mountain bike riders and hikers was present. The supplemental questions aimed to understand the underlying reasons for that conflict.
bikes; mountain bikers; hikers; conflict; wilderness; social conditions; visitor preferences; LAC; limits of acceptable change; planning; recreation planning; biota; boundaries; environment; health; planningCadastre; society; transportation; Environment and People; Inventory, Monitoring, & Analysis; Natural Resource Management & Use; Missoula; Montana; Rattlesnake Wilderness; Rattlesnake National Recreation Area; Lolo National Forest