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    Author(s): William E. Hammitt
    Date: 2012
    Source: In: Cole, David N., comp. Wilderness visitor experiences: Progress in research and management; 2011 April 4-7; Missoula, MT. Proc. RMRS-P-66. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station p. 62-69.
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    It is suggested that the wilderness experience is a restorative experience that results from the interconnectivity between naturalness/ remoteness and privacy/unconfinement and the four components essential for an environment to be restorative. A model-framework is offered to illustrate the linkages among the environmental, social, and restoration components of wilderness experiences, and the consequences/ threats to the wilderness experience. It is concluded that the wilderness manager of the future will be a "human dimensions restoration manager," with a role not much different from that of restoration ecologists, restoration architects, and restoration psychologists.

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    Hammitt, William E. 2012. Naturalness, privacy, and restorative experiences in wilderness: An integrative model. In: Cole, David N., comp. Wilderness visitor experiences: Progress in research and management; 2011 April 4-7; Missoula, MT. Proc. RMRS-P-66. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station p. 62-69.

    Keywords

    management frameworks, recreation management, research methods, solitude, technology, visitor density, wilderness experience

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