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    Author(s): Ingrid Schneider; Christopher LaPointe; Sharon Stievater
    Date: 2000
    Source: In: Cole, David N.; McCool, Stephen F.; Borrie, William T.; O’Loughlin, Jennifer, comps. 2000. Wilderness science in a time of change conference—Volume 4: Wilderness visitors, experiences, and visitor management; 1999 May 23–27; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-4. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 164-166
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    The purpose of this study was to ascertain visitor perceptions of a fee program and preferences for management utilization of the fee dollars. Differences in program perceptions were examined both by activity and activity style. Wilderness visitors in the American Southwest were surveyed on-site during the 1997–1998 season. Overall, respondents moderately agreed that they knew about and understood the program. Respondents disagreed that the fee would effect their visitation, but they agreed that the program would limit access for others. Visitors most frequently wanted the fees fused or site improvements. As expected, main activity did not differentiate program perceptions, but activity style did. Results indicate that managers need to look beyond visitor activity to the activity’s meaning for enhanced understanding of visitors and their perceptions.

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    Schneider, Ingrid; LaPointe, Christopher; Stievater, Sharon 2000. Perceptions of and preferences for fee program dollar utilization among wilderness visitors. In: Cole, David N.; McCool, Stephen F.; Borrie, William T.; O’Loughlin, Jennifer, comps. 2000. Wilderness science in a time of change conference—Volume 4: Wilderness visitors, experiences, and visitor management; 1999 May 23–27; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-4. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 164-166

    Keywords

    wilderness, visitors, outdoor recreaion, perceptions, fees, demographics, Fee Demonstration Program, Superstition Wilderness, Arizona

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