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Emerging adults and the future of wild nature

Zinn, Harry C.; Graefe, Alan R. 2007. Emerging adults and the future of wild nature. International Journal of Wilderness. 13(3):16-22.

Many resource managers and wilderness advocates see links between appreciating wild nature, participating in traditional outdoor activities, and support for protecting wild areas. Some of these individuals express concern that the values and recreation behavior of today's young people may suggest less support for protecting wilderness in the future. Although emerging adults appear to express strong pro-environmental values, they exhibit outdoor recreation patterns strikingly different from the past. More questions than answers exist about emerging adults' environmental and wilderness values, and how these values relate to their outdoor recreation behavior.

Keywords: wilderness, wild nature, recreation, values

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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Emerging adults and the future of wild nature
Electronic Publish Date: December 19, 2007
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