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    Author(s): Deborah J. ChavezDavid D. Olson
    Date: 2009
    Source: Environmental Practice. 11(4): 263-269
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    It is important to evaluate use of urban-proximate outdoor recreation sites by diverse groups and obtain visitor viewpoints about those sites. Of particular importance are day-use sites, which receive a large amount of use but little research emphasis. Managers of urban-proximate day-use sites can better manage with detailed specific information about participation patterns, site preferences, and visitor perceptions. Results are offered from visitor contact surveys conducted at day-use sites on four urban national forests in Southern California between 2001 and 2004, with a focus on areas where Latinos recreate. These data indicate many similarities among the Latino visitors to specific sites in four Southern California forests. There were commonalities in participation in outdoor recreation activities, the relative importance of site attributes, and perceptions reported about their recreation experiences. The results suggest that management decisions about serving these groups consider the range of activity options identified, that there is a consistent desire for facilities and amenities, and that the Latino visitors are likely to continue to recreate in these places and will tell others about it, probably leading to increased use by these respondent groups in the future.

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    Chavez, Deborah J.; Olson, David D. 2009. Opinions of Latino outdoor recreation visitors at four urban national forests. Environmental Practice, Vol. 11(4): 263-269.

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