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The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: Examining changes in use, users, and management challenges

Publications Posted on: February 21, 2012
The purpose of this study was to determine trends in use and user characteristics at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Based on data from 1969, 1991, and 2007, the average age of visitors has increased significantly, education levels have increased, and visitors remain predominantly male. Visitors in 2007 report seeing twice as many groups since 1961 and 1991, but the number of encounters are not exceeding expectations.

Exploring early twenty-first century developed forest camping experiences and meanings

Publications Posted on: March 08, 2010
This study examines experiences and associated meanings of 38 family groups participating in developed camping. The analysis is guided by discursive social psychology in which expressed meanings reflect interpretive frames campers use to explain experiences. Key elements of camping experience include nature, social interaction, and comfort/convenience.

Selecting indicators and understanding their role in wilderness experience stewardship at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

Publications Posted on: June 21, 2006
The Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) and other indicator-based planning frameworks (e.g., VERP, Visitor Experience and Resource Protection; VIM, Visitor Impact Management) have been widely adopted by wilderness managers.

Wilderness experiences: what should we be managing for?

Publications Posted on: June 21, 2006
The U.S. Wilderness Act gives wilderness managers a challenging stewardship responsibility: to provide and/or protect opportunities for certain types of human experiences.

Encountering Heidi: meeting others as a central aspect of the river experience

Publications Posted on: March 08, 2006
Over the past few decades, numerous studies have investigated relationships between encounters and the backcountry recreation experience. Although academics and professionals may recognize that meeting others in backcountry areas could result in positive interactions that are beneficial to the experience, research directed at the positive aspects of intergroup relations is still in its inception.

Benefits of nonfacilitated uses of wilderness

Publications Posted on: March 07, 2006
Using the taxonomy of personal benefits attributed to wilderness and developed for the 1985 national wilderness conference, this paper summarizes the research since published on the benefits of nonfacilitated uses of wilderness. It describes recent developments in theory and methods regarding leisure experiences and discusses the implications of these developments for understanding wilderness benefits.