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    Author(s): Stephen F. McCool
    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. 179-187.
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Does research help managers provide opportunities for visitors to have high quality experiences in wilderness? Difficulties in applying visitor experience research result from several factors: the nature of wilderness itself, the character of the wilderness visitor experience challenge as a research and management topic, and the paradigm of research applications employed by wilderness scientists. Many wilderness visitor research applications seem to be built upon a "hypodermic needle" model of knowledge transfer rather than the more interactive approach needed in a context of rapid policy and social change and uncertainty. This paper suggests scientists and managers consider the long-established, but little used, approach to research applications of forming a community of practice.

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    McCool, Stephen F. 2012. Potential roles of research in enhancing the performance of management in securing high quality visitor experiences in wilderness. 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. 179-187.

    Keywords

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

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