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The role, use and benefits of natural recreation areas within and near residential subdivisionsAuthor(s): Christine A. Vogt; Robert W. Marans
Source: In: Todd, Sharon, comp., ed. 2002. Proceedings of the 2001 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-289. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 208-213.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionThis paper presents results from a recent study about the role of natural resources in residential development. Data were collected using focus groups and a home owner questionnaire in selected subdivisions in two rapidly growing counties located at the urban/rural fringe of the Detroit Metropolitan area. Developers of the selected subdivisions planned for and created recreation opportunities such as trails, nature observation decks, beach and marina areas, and sledding hills for the residents. Recent home buyers considered the natural features of a lot and the neighborhood when shopping for a home, however many other factors such as highway access, schools, and financial factors were also very important. Based on questionnaire data, the most important factor in buying a house was a relaxed and comfortable environment followed closely by the natural features of the neighborhood. A majority of the residents did not visit a state or regional park in their own county and a majority did not buy an annual entrance pass for either state parks or regional parks. Finally, residents reported a wide range of social, economic, psychological, environmental and physical benefits from having natural areas beyond their own yard. Implications for public land managers, local governments, developers and residents are discussed.
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CitationVogt, Christine A.; Marans, Robert W. 2002. The role, use and benefits of natural recreation areas within and near residential subdivisions. In: Todd, Sharon, comp., ed. 2002. Proceedings of the 2001 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-289. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 208-213.
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