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What makes a place special? Interpretation of written survey responses in natural resource planningAuthor(s): Herbert W. Schroeder
Source: In: Bengston, David N., ed. Application of computer-aided text analysis in natural resources. General Technical Reports NC-211. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station: 7-11
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: North Central Research Station
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DescriptionIn an open-ended, written survey, I asked residents and visitors of the Black River area in northern Michigan to identify and describe places that were special to them. I conducted a thematic interpretation of the responses, using a set of indexing and cross-referencing marcos that I wrote in Word Perfect 5.1. The themes that emerged included the natural beauty ofthe area, its quiet and uncrowded character, the history of the harbor and fishing community, and the high quality of recreation facilities. The Ottawa National Forest used this information in developing a plan for future management of the Black River area.
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CitationSchroeder, Herbert W. 2000. What makes a place special? Interpretation of written survey responses in natural resource planning. In: Bengston, David N., ed. Application of computer-aided text analysis in natural resources. General Technical Reports NC-211. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station: 7-11
KeywordsBlack River, Ottawa National Forest, survey, natural resources
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