ERIC Number: ED032179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Wilderness Users in the Pacific Northwest - Their Characteristics, Values, and Management Preferences.
Hendee, John C.; And Others
There are presently 2,100,000 acres of National Forest land legally designated as wilderness under the Wilderness Act of 1964, in the Northwestern States of Washington and Oregon. This paper presents the results of a study conducted to find out what kinds of persons visit wilderness, the values and codes of behavior they associate with wilderness use, and their feelings about some hypothetical policies and guidelines that might be used in the management of these areas. Long questionnaires concerning these issues were sent to a sample of 1,950 recorded wilderness users. Wilderness visitation typically occurred in more highly educated, small family and friendship groups who take about five 2- to 3-day trips per year. About 30 percent (400) belonged to 218 conservation groups. A scaling technique was used to identify a hierarchy of wilderness users ranging from wilderness-purists to those more urban or convenience oriented. Those who were more wilderness-purist in attitude reacted differently to some of the statements (53 on wilderness management and 22 on codes of behavior) suggested in the questionnaire. The appendix contains a statistical summary of the responses to the questionnaire and an explanation of the gamma statistics used to measure the association between wildernism (wilderness-purist concepts) scores and response to individual questionnaire statements. (DK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Forest Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Oregon; Washington