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Characteristics, preferences, and attitudes of campers in or near the Sunpine Forest Products Forest Management Agreement area. 2003. McFarlane, B.L.; Haener, M.K.; Shapansky, B.B. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Information Report NOR-X-388. 44 p.

Year: 2003

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 21967

Language: English

Series: Information Report (NoFC - Edmonton)

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This study examined campers at random campsites, provincial recreation areas, and Crimson Lake Provincial Park to determine use of the sites, user characteristics, attitudes toward random camping and off-highway vehicle use, and preferences for campground facilities and services. Data were collected by on-site interviews and a follow-up mail survey. Campers using random camping locations, provincial recreation areas, and provincial parks were seeking different camping experiences and participated in different activities. Random campers tended to prefer rustic facilities and services or no facilities and services at all, whereas provincial park campers were more in favor of facilities, services, and interpretive programs. All campers had a positive view of random camping and generally did not perceive it as having substantial negative environmental impacts. In contrast, most campers expressed concern over the environmental impacts of unrestricted use of off-highway vehicles. The results of this study were compared with those of a similar study conducted in 1994. Some changes were observed in the proportion of campers participating in recreational activites in the area. The implications of developing more facilities and services at managed campgrounds and random sites are discussed.