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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve: 2002-2003 wilderness visitor experience data in the Alaska regional context

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Author: Watson, Alan E.; Glaspell, Brian S.; Kneeshaw, Katie C.
Latest Edition: RDS-2018-0022

This data publication contains transcripts of interviews with visitors to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (WRST), in Alaska, in 2002 (Phase I) and 2003 (Phase II). Interviews in the first phase included questions relating to visitor expectations and experiences, with specific attention paid to inter-visitor conflict (both before and during the fall hunting season). Phase II interviews were focused more on recreational use. Each interview was tape-recorded and transcribed verbatim. The qualitative interviews were conducted with groups (sometimes there was only a single person in a ‘group’, while other times there were multiple people). Also included are data from each interview that describe group size, residency, purpose of visit, and other basic visitor descriptive information.