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Research needs for a better understanding of wilderness visitor experiencesAuthor(s): Stephen F. McCool; Chad P. Dawson
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. 188-192.
Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionWhat information is needed to facilitate enhanced management of visitor experiences in wilderness? The final session of the workshop comprised a facilitated process with the 20 participants to identify research and information needs to support wilderness visitor experience management. The Wilderness Act and the previous presentations and discussions not only provided a context for this process but also a foundation of knowledge and managerial experience. Forty-four topics were identified in an initial roundtable listing. Participants then clarified topics and ranked them using a simple voting process. Six topics were identified as holding highest priority for research to support management of high quality visitor experiences within wilderness.
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CitationMcCool, Stephen F.; Dawson, Chad P. 2012. Research needs for a better understanding of wilderness visitor experiences. 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. 188-192.
Keywordsmanagement frameworks, recreation management, research methods, solitude, technology, visitor density, wilderness experience
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