Recreation: Behaviors and Conflict
Major Research Initiatives
Studies will examine attitudes, values, behaviors, conflict, recreation
participation, and decision-making. These will focus on underlying
attitudes and values towards natural resources as well as behaviors,
especially in recreation settings. Techniques to increase environmentally
responsible actions will be explored. Some studies will examine
barriers to recreational participation and conflicts, while others
will explore approaches to addressing these issues.
Studies Related to this Topic:
Concerns over crowding and user conflicts led to a study of boating
capacity at Shasta and Trinity Lakes in northern California. The study
provides a comprehensive model for looking at recreational carrying
capacity. In this case, boating use patterns were measured through
aerial and ground counts. Visitor data were collected through a series
of on-site and mail surveys of key user groups. This multiple measurement
and approach facilitated a comprehensive evaluation of the relationships
between use levels and the quality of visitor experiences.
A survey of managers of OHV areas on National Forests in California
was conducted based on issues facing National Forests identified by
the Chief of the USDA Forest Service. Of particular interest are the
perceptions of managers of OHV activity. They are most likely to understand
the complex nature of OHV issues and to take the actions required
for mitigating them.
This summary is a continuation from the last research update reporting
southwesterners' opinions on threatened and endangered species management.
This is part of a series of studies examining the role of trust in
natural resource management. We have found that "shared values" is
highly predictive of overall trust. Examples of justifications acceptable
to some individuals include limited resources or strong interest group
opposition. We also combined approval and effectiveness ratings of
t & e management interventions, then predicted the approval/effectiveness
ratings based on several factors.
This study gathered opinions and preferences for threatened and endangered
species management on forest lands, with a specific focus on recreation-related
interventions from residents of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and
Colorado. The shared concern about threatened and endangered species,
paired with conservative ratings of knowledge suggests that an opportunity
for education exists. Efforts should be tailored to the specific information
needs and interests of publics, as well as their levels of trust or
distrust in the agency.
This study examined the types and impacts of crime and violence on
public lands. Recent efforts looked at three successful cases of managing
crime and violence in order to develop a toolbox of key characteristics
of success. Using the tools and following the guidelines from the
case studies should result in successful management of crime and violence
on public lands.
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