Skip to Main Content
Wilderness as a place: human dimensions of the wilderness experienceAuthor(s): Chad P. Dawson
Source: In: Burns, R.; Robinson, K., comps. Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2006 April 9-11; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-14. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 57-62.
Publication Series: General Technical Report - Proceedings
Station: Northern Research Station
PDF: View PDF (164.63 KB)
DescriptionUnderstanding the experiences sought by visitors to wilderness areas and how satisfied they are with their experiences is an important type of information for wilderness managers. Understanding how these dimensions are measures of the concept of "place" can help wilderness managers develop better visitor education and management programs. This paper briefly summarizes seven studies of wilderness visitors conducted during 1997 through 2000 in state and federal managed wilderness areas in the northeastern United States. These studies attempted to identify and measure the important variables and dimensions (i.e., factors) of the human experience in wilderness areas. The overall goal of these seven studies was to develop a multi-dimensional scale to better understand the relationship between people and wilderness as a place.
- Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat.
- During the capture process some typographical errors may occur.
- Please contact Sharon Hobrla, firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationDawson, Chad P. 2007. Wilderness as a place: human dimensions of the wilderness experience. In: Burns, R.; Robinson, K., comps. Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2006 April 9-11; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-14. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 57-62.
- Threats and changes affecting human relationships with wilderness: Implications for management
- Humans apart from nature? Wilderness experience and the Wilderness Act
- Wilderness, biodiversity, and human health
XML: View XML