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    Author(s): William E. Hammitt; Gerard T. Kyle; James Absher
    Date: 2007
    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: 584-588.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report - Proceedings
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    This study investigated the degree of distinctiveness in camper choice behaviors among developed, walk-in, and wilderness camp settings, all located with a 3-mile radius of each other. Objectives of the study were to determine if there were differences in the personal characteristics, experience use history (EUH), and alternate site use (substitution) for campers of U.S. Forest Service developed, walk-in, and designated Wilderness camp areas. On-site and mail surveys (n=424, 83.7% response rate) were used to collect data at the three camping areas in the Sumter National Forest in South Carolina during 2003. Results indicated that the three site choices were serving rather distinct groups of campers, with six of eight user characteristics differing significantly (p1/4.05). EUH did not vary significantly among the three sites. Although the three camping choices were all located within a 3-mile radius (10-15 minutes) and along the same road system, campers did not substitute freely among the alternate areas.

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    Hammitt, William E.; Kyle, Gerard T.; Absher, James. 2007. Camper choice behavior for three proximal sites. 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: 584-588.

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