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Okefenokee Wilderness: data from a 2001 study of visitor characteristics, perceptions, and management preferences
Hockett, Karen S.; Roggenbuck, Joseph W.; Watson, Alan E.
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Hockett, Karen S.; Roggenbuck, Joseph W.; Watson, Alan E. 2018. Okefenokee Wilderness: data from a 2001 study of visitor characteristics, perceptions, and management preferences. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive.
The Okefenokee Wilderness, which is within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia, has several characteristics that make it an ideal laboratory to study the interactions between recreationists and the natural environment. Wilderness managers at Okefenokee have adopted regulations that lead overnight visitors to expect and receive high-quality experiences of solitude. Negatives of this approach are that freedom of movement and exploration of the wilderness are highly restricted; many of those seeking overnight permits are denied them, and interaction with unrestricted day users is generally negative. Managers wanted to assess visitor opinions about management and use of the Okefenokee, and gain information on the characteristics and experiences of visitors. This data publication contains data from the 1999-2001 study composed of research aimed to answer those managerial questions.

biota; economy; inlandWaters; location; planningCadastre; society; transportation; Environment and People; Decision making, public involvement; Recreation; Natural Resource Management & Use; Wilderness; visitors; visitor attitude; visitor experience; day use; overnight use; conflict; conditions; resource use; management; management planning; solitude; Okefenokee Wilderness; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge; Georgia; Folkston; Suwannee Canal Recreation Area; Kingfisher Landing; Stephen C. Foster State Park
Visit count : 65
Download count: 7
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