Integrating Place Attachment into Management Frameworks: Exploring Place Attachment Across the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum

Christopher J. Wynveen, Ingrid E. Schneider, Arne Arnberger, Stuart Cottrell, Eick von Ruschkowski

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Abstract

The importance of place in landscape management and outdoor recreation has been prominent in the literature since the 1970s. As such, calls to incorporate place into the management of parks, forests, and other protected areas exist. However, little work explores how place attachment may complement existing management frameworks. Hence, the purpose of this investigation was to explore levels of visitors’ place attachment intensity across the six classes of the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS). Survey data collected in North America and Europe indicated there was more similarity in place attachment intensities among areas classified toward the less developed end of the ROS, while greater variation existed among the more developed sites. Observing place attachment across all six ROS classes allowed for a deeper understanding of the correlation between place and the management framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-262
Number of pages15
JournalEnvironmental management
Volume66
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Colorado State Forest Service for access to Colorado State Forest State Park and funding for data collection (i.e., student mileage, lodging, and meals). Similarly, we thank the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for site access at Lake Bemidji State Park, and the Minnesota Historical Society for access to their parcel. We would also like to thank the participants of the 2014 Intensive Program ?Management of Parks and Protected Areas,? funded by the EU?s Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme, for data collection at Harz National Park. Thanks also to the forest and garden departments of the City of Vienna for permission to survey area visitors. Across all other sites, agency personnel were not involved in the development of this project. The study was also partially supported by the USDA Forest Service [14-JV-11242309-049]. In-kind support from the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station is acknowledged. Specifically, the Forest Service aided in the design of the larger project related to the data collection for this. Finally, we thank Sarah B?hm, Wolfgang Karnutsch, Kathrin Rainer, and Lea Lorscheider for their assistance during the project. Open access funding provided by University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU).

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Colorado State Forest Service for access to Colorado State Forest State Park and funding for data collection (i.e., student mileage, lodging, and meals). Similarly, we thank the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for site access at Lake Bemidji State Park, and the Minnesota Historical Society for access to their parcel. We would also like to thank the participants of the 2014 Intensive Program “Management of Parks and Protected Areas,” funded by the EU’s Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme, for data collection at Harz National Park. Thanks also to the forest and garden departments of the City of Vienna for permission to survey area visitors. Across all other sites, agency personnel were not involved in the development of this project. The study was also partially supported by the USDA Forest Service [14-JV-11242309-049]. In-kind support from the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station is acknowledged. Specifically, the Forest Service aided in the design of the larger project related to the data collection for this. Finally, we thank Sarah Böhm, Wolfgang Karnutsch, Kathrin Rainer, and Lea Lorscheider for their assistance during the project. Open access funding provided by University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020, The Author(s).

Keywords

  • Experience use history
  • Management framework
  • Place dependence
  • Place identity

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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