Major Research Initiatives
Recreation: Changing Recreation Patterns
Studies will examine the meaning and forms of leisure
among various cultural groups (forest constituents and non-users), and
the benefits derived from leisure activities (especially those from
outdoor recreation sites). Some of these studies will specifically
examine measurement issues, place meaning and attachment, customer
service, and marketing. Studies will focus on underlying current
and future recreation trends, and also on patterns related to age,
income, and ethnicity. Diffusion of recreation trends will be
examined further as will service delivery issues related to shifting uses.
Studies Related to this Topic:
This study reports results from a day use visitor contact study conducted on two planning places on the Angeles National Forest in summer 2004. Data were collected from 137 recreationists.
This is a study of off-highway vehicle (OHV) users conducted in 1997. This project establishes preliminary information that can be used to understand some OHV users and initiate strategies to improve recreation opportunities for this outdoor recreation group.
It is important to examine use of outdoor recreation sites in the wildland-urban interface and get visitor points of view about those sites. Of particular importance are day use recreation sites, which receive a large amount of use but little research emphasis. The following reports results from two day use visitor contact studies conducted on the Angeles National Forest in summers 2003-04. From this data set we have identified data from visitors to the canyons surrounding San Dimas Experimental Forest - the San Gabriel Canyon and the San Antonio Canyon. Our purpose here is to describe outdoor recreation visitation to canyons proximate to the San Dimas Experimental Forest in southern California. Topics addressed included visitor characteristics, visitation patterns, activity patterns, interpretation, communication and information patterns, importance of site attributes and other visitor perceptions.
This research focused on outdoor recreation among Asian Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Understanding differences and similarities among Asian Americans furthers our understanding of how to best provide recreational opportunities to a diverse constituency. Further research is needed to explore the differences and similarities among Asian American cultural groups, as well as to gain an understanding of the impact of these similarities and differences on recreation service delivery.
Geocaching, an outdoor activity that uses handheld Global Positioning Systems to find hidden treasures demarcated on the Internet, emerged in 2000 and has engaged more than 100,000 participants in 200 countries. Little is known about this new user group, their behaviors, and preferences. The purpose of this project was to profile geocachers, the benefits they seek in the activity, as well as attitudes toward low-impact behaviors.
This study investigated visitor attitudes and preferences related to fees in general, and the Chattahoochee National Forest fee program in particular. Respondents completed a mailback survey after being contacted at targeted settings: visitor centers, day use areas, campsites and ORV use areas.
It is important to examine use of recreation sites and get visitor points of view about those sites. Of particular importance are day use sites, which receive a large amount of use but little research emphasis. This study reports results from a day use visitor contact study conducted on the Inyo National Forest in summer 2003.
This summary looks at an annotated bibliography which reviews articles on the relationship between ethnicity and recreation in the race/ethnicity and leisure/recreation literature. The primary focus was placed on journal articles, proceedings, and technical reports. Practitioners/managers interested in the relationship between ethnicity and recreation can use the annotated bibliography, especially as it relates to resource management.
A report focused on recreation use by ethnically diverse National Forest visitors and examined the relationships among cultural background, perceived service quality, satisfaction, and related variables. Overall, results suggest that managers should ensure diverse opportunities by providing extensive day-use oriented facilities, use multiple language brochures and signage to create an "ethnic-friendly" ambience, and provide informational programs tailored specifically to these groups.
This report summarizes findings from the regional and county socioeconomic
assessment conducted for southern California. The 26-county region extends
from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay Area. A majority of the state's
population resides within this region, which surrounds the four southern
California National Forests (Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino).
Regional and county descriptions, including histories, population
sociodemographics and projections, and quality of life indicators
are examined. The information is of use to natural resource and area
planners concerned with the implications of social change in the region.