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Experience preferences as mediators of the wildlife related recreation participation: Place attachment relationship

Human Dimensions of Wildlife

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DOI: 10.1080/10871200701669971

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Abstract

The human dimensions literature challenges the notion that settings are simply features and attributes that can be manipulated to satisfy public demand; instead, people view specific recreation settings as unique kinds of places. Land managers provide recreation experience opportunities, but most conventional management frameworks do not allow managers to address the personal attachment of people to places. This study examined the relationships among activity participation, recreation experience preferences (REP), and setting and place attachment. Study data was obtained from a visitor study conducted in 2000-2001 at U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Waterfowl Production Areas in Minnesota. We used structural equation modeling to explore whether recreation experience preferences mediate the relationship between types and frequencies of recreation participation and place attachment at Minnesota's Waterfowl Production Areas. Results offer empirical evidence that recreational experience preferences associated with activity participation may be instrumental to one's development of place attachment to a recreation site. Thus, research in these two areas may be more complementary than has been apparent in the literature. Copyright ?? Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Experience preferences as mediators of the wildlife related recreation participation: Place attachment relationship
Series title:
Human Dimensions of Wildlife
DOI:
10.1080/10871200701669971
Volume
13
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2008
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
73
Last page:
88
Number of Pages:
16