Canadian Forest Service Publications

Exploring forest and recreation management preferences of forest recreationists in Alberta. 1996. McFarlane, B.L.; Boxall, P.C. Forestry Chronicle 72(6): 623-629.

Year: 1996

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 18915

Language: English

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Abstract

Understanding social values of stakeholder groups is an essential part of ecosystem management. Values of one stakeholder group, campers at managed sites in the Rocky-Clearwater Forest of Alberta, were examined using campground management preference and forest attitude scales. On-site and mail surveys were used to collect data from campers during 1994. Four specialization clusters were delineated that identified differences in management preferences. Campers most familiar with the area and those with the most camping experience were the least supportive of traditional timber management and campground development. Overall, campers did not support increased facility development at campgrounds. This study suggests that campers may be supportive of an ecosystem approach to forest management that incorporates nontimber values.