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Human values and codes of behavior: Changes in Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness visitors and their attitudes

Posted date: April 30, 2015
Publication Year: 
1996
Authors: Watson, Alan E.; Hendee, John C.; Zaglauer, Hans P.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Natural Areas Journal. 16(2): 89-93.

Abstract

A study of visitors to Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness in 1965 offered a baseline against which to evaluate how those who recreate in wilderness have changed their views of wilderness. A study of visitors to that same wilderness area in 1993 provided comparative data. Some characteristics of the visitors changed in ways that would suggest that the values visitors placed on wilderness and on the behaviors they would consider appropriate had changed as well. Specifically, visitors were better educated and were more likely to be members of conservation or outdoor recreation organizations. In addition, they were more supportive of actions to maintain the wilderness character of Eagle Cap, and they were more restrictive in the behaviors they considered appropriate in wilderness. Both manager-initiated education efforts and changes in society are believed to contribute to these changes in attitudes.

Citation

Watson, Alan E.; Hendee, John C.; Zaglauer, Hans P. 1996. Human values and codes of behavior: Changes in Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness visitors and their attitudes. Natural Areas Journal. 16(2): 89-93.