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Recreation in different forest settings: a scene preference study
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
2012 (English)In: Forests, ISSN 1999-4907, E-ISSN 1999-4907, Vol. 3, no 4, 923-943 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recreation  activity  preferences  in  forest  settings  were  explored  in  a  scene preference  study.  The  importance  of  type  of  human  intervention   and  the  level  of biodiversity for preference and intention to engage in recreation activities were examined in a sample of forestry and social science students in Sweden. Results showed that forestry students displayed an almost equally strong preference for natural-looking  scenes as for scenes  with traces  of recreation  (e.g., paths),  whereas  social  science  students  preferred recreational scenes the most. Least preferred were scenes with traces of forest management. Different  forest  settings  were  furthermore  preferred  for  different  recreation  activities. Recreational settings were favored for walking and going on outings, and natural-looking settings were more appreciated for picking berries or mushrooms. Respondents displayed a stronger intention to study plants and animals in high biodiversity settings and the intention to  exercise  was  stronger  in  low  biodiversity  settings.  Implications  for  future  land  use planning and forest management are discussed.

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2012. Vol. 3, no 4, 923-943 p.
Keyword [en]
forest scene preference, recreation activities, human intervention, biodiversity, forest experience
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Psychology Economic History Social and Economic Geography
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Psychology; Economic History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60604DOI: 10.3390/f3040923ISI: 000315416100006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-60604DiVA: diva2:561550
Available from: 2013-01-10 Created: 2012-10-19 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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