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Relationships between trip motivations and selected variables among Allegheny National forest visitors

Publications Posted on: March 09, 2006
To meet visitors’ needs, managers must understand the motivations driving visitors to wilderness areas. This paper compares the motivations of different segments of Allegheny National Forest users. Factor analysis identified 5 motivation factors (social, escape, fun, nature and learning), with two items retained as single item dimensions (close to home and challenge).

An individual-based modeling approach to simulating recreation use in wilderness settings

Publications Posted on: March 09, 2006
Landscapes protect biological diversity and provide unique opportunities for human-nature interactions. Too often, these desirable settings suffer from extremely high visitation. Given the complexity of social, environmental and economic interactions, resource managers need tools that provide insights into the cause and effect relationships between management actions and social and environmental outcomes.

Examining winter visitor use in Yellowstone National Park

Publications Posted on: March 09, 2006
This research was designed to assist the managers of Yellowstone National Park (YNP) in their decision making about winter visitation. The focus of this report is on winter use patterns and winter visitor preferences. It is the author’s hope that this information will benefit both the quality of winter experiences and the stewardship of the park resources.

Leave no trace practices: behaviors and preferences of wilderness visitors regarding use of cookstoves and camping away from lakes

Publications Posted on: March 09, 2006
This research used descriptive information collected in visitor studies conducted between 1990 and 1992 in eight different wildernesses around the United States to evaluate behaviors and preferences of wilderness visitors regarding cookstoves and camping away from lakes. The majority of visitors used stoves for cooking. However, in all but the Desolation Wilderness, at least 50% of visitors had a wood fire on their trip.

How do visitor density and anthropogenic change in frontcountry wilderness settings affect recreation benefits?

Publications Posted on: March 09, 2006
Effects on recreation benefits were assessed using questionnaires and image sets depicting visitor density ranges and anthropogenic setting changes at two heavily-visited wilderness sites. Visitor benefits were less affected by high visitor densities at the more accessible of the two sites. New age medicine wheels had a positive effect on visitor benefits, as did trail revegetation.

Wilderness use in the year 2000: societal changes that influence human relationships with wilderness

Publications Posted on: March 09, 2006
The purpose of this paper is to extend a synthesis of knowledge about wilderness visitors and their visits developed in 1985. At that time, visitor research was in decline, and there was very little ability to understand trends. Over the last 15 years, wilderness visitor research has been initiated at many places in the U.S. where no previous studies had been completed.

Wilderness visitors, experiences, and visitor management

Publications Posted on: March 09, 2006
This paper provides an overview of the Wilderness science in a time of change conference-Volume 4: Wilderness visitors, experiences, and visitor management.

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