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RMRS-P-66: Wilderness visitor experiences: Progress in research and management; 2011 April 4-7; Missoula, MT

Cole, David N., comp. 2012. 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. 219 p.

The workshop was convened to celebrate and review 50 years of research on wilderness visitor experience and its influence on wilderness stewardship. These proceedings are organized in three sections. The first section contains 12 papers that review literature or describe empirical research about wilderness visitor experiences. The second section provides three papers on management frameworks and the perspectives of planners and managers. The third section consists of five papers on wilderness experiences and the future.

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

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I. Reviews and empirical research

Wilderness Visitor Experiences: Lessons from 50 Years of Research
David N. Cole, Daniel R. Williams
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Continued Wilderness Participation: Experience and Identity as Long-term Relational Phenomena
Jeffrey J. Brooks, Daniel R. Williams
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Immediate Conscious Experience in Wilderness: A Phenomenological Investigation
Troy E. Hall, David N. Cole
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Visitors' Conceptualizations of Wilderness Experiences
Erin Seekamp, Troy Hall, David Cole
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Naturalness, Privacy, and Restorative Experiences in Wilderness: An Integrative Model
William E. Hammitt
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Wilderness Experiences as Sanctuary and Refuge from Society
William T. Borrie, Angela M. Meyer, Ian M. Foster
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The Effect of Use Density and Length of Stay on Visitor Experience in Wilderness
David N. Cole, Troy E. Hall
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Wilderness Experience Quality: Effects of Use Density Depend on How Experience is Conceived
David N. Cole, Troy E. Hall
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The Impact of Technology on the Wilderness Experience: A Review of Common Themes and Approaches in Three Bodies of Literature
John Shultis
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The Influence of Hand-Held Information and Communication Technology on Visitor Perceptions of Risk and Risk-Related Behavior
Steven R. Martin, Kristen Pope
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Wilderness Experience Programs: A State-of-the-Knowledge Summary
Chad P. Dawson; Keith C. Russell
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Wilderness at Arm's Length: On the Outside Looking in at Special Provisions in Wilderness
Alan E. Watson
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II. Management Perspectives and Frameworks

The Challenges and Related Strategies of Planning for Wilderness Experiences
Kerri Cahill
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Humans Apart From Nature? Wilderness Experience and the Wilderness Act
Mark Fincher
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Frameworks for Defining and Managing the Wilderness Experience
Robert E. Manning
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III. Wilderness Futures

Potential Roles of Research in Enhancing the Performance of Management in Securing High Quality Visitor Experiences in Wilderness
Stephen F. McCool
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Research Needs for a Better Understanding of Wilderness Visitor Experiences
Stephen F. McCool, Chad P. Dawson
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Managing for Wilderness Experiences in the 21st Century: Responding to the Recent Wilderness Critique
Joseph W. Roggenbuck
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Research to Create Public Memory of Wilderness
William Stewart
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Imagining Wilderness
Daniel Dustin, Jeff Rose, Adrienne Cachelin, Wynn Shooter, Scott Schumann
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Title: RMRS-P-66: Wilderness visitor experiences: Progress in research and management; 2011 April 4-7; Missoula, MT
Electronic Publish Date: June 26, 2012
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June 26, 2012

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