Human-environmental interrelationships in recreation settings: A spatial approach

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Title:
Human-environmental interrelationships in recreation settings: A spatial approach
Author:
Mohamedahmed, Siham Abdelrahman
Issue Date:
2000
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Outdoor recreation and eco-tourism are areas of increasing interest to land management agencies worldwide. As commodity extraction values decline, and the demand for nature based recreation rises, there is a commensurate shift in the goals and management of undeveloped environments. Paralleling this rapid expansion of recreation uses is a concern for managing its future growth and its environmental impacts. Due to the complexity of the relationship between recreational use and impacts on both environmental resources and the quality of visitor experience, researchers and recreation managers have employed a number of simplifying assumptions. Impacts are typically represented by average values over large areas and/or over widely differing recreation experiences. This geographic homogenization is both theoretically inadequate and impractical. Recreation experiences must be understood as the result of specific activities carried out in specific environmental settings, and effective recreation management, integrated with other environmental resource concerns, requires geo-spatial representation. This study investigates the effectiveness of coupling computer based Geographical Information System (GIS) approaches with traditional social sciences survey methods to improve assessments of nature-based recreation activities and experiences, and their environmental impacts. Secondary analyses of preexisting data collected in the East Huachuca Mountain recreation area in Coronado National Forest, Arizona provided measures of spatial distributions of the number of users, and of social, managerial and environmental detractors from the quality of recreation experiences. GIS analysis identified the most likely locations for specific activities (e.g. hiking, camping, hunting), for negative social encounters (e.g. hikers meeting with mountain bikers), for managerial and environmental detractors from recreation quality (e.g. inadequate trail signage, presence of litter and trash, soil erosion). Thus, although respondents in general reported they had overall positive experiences, spatial analysis revealed consistently negative experiences in some specific sites. GIS analysis methods provide new opportunities to improve upon recreation theory by better addressing the naturally spatial character of recreation experience. More precisely geo-referenced recreation survey and assessment methods enable more effective integration of recreation values and impacts into the inherently geo spatial ecosystem management framework.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Geography.; Agriculture, Forestry and Wildlife.; Environmental Sciences.; Recreation.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Renewable Natural Resources
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Daniel, Terry C.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleHuman-environmental interrelationships in recreation settings: A spatial approachen_US
dc.creatorMohamedahmed, Siham Abdelrahmanen_US
dc.contributor.authorMohamedahmed, Siham Abdelrahmanen_US
dc.date.issued2000en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractOutdoor recreation and eco-tourism are areas of increasing interest to land management agencies worldwide. As commodity extraction values decline, and the demand for nature based recreation rises, there is a commensurate shift in the goals and management of undeveloped environments. Paralleling this rapid expansion of recreation uses is a concern for managing its future growth and its environmental impacts. Due to the complexity of the relationship between recreational use and impacts on both environmental resources and the quality of visitor experience, researchers and recreation managers have employed a number of simplifying assumptions. Impacts are typically represented by average values over large areas and/or over widely differing recreation experiences. This geographic homogenization is both theoretically inadequate and impractical. Recreation experiences must be understood as the result of specific activities carried out in specific environmental settings, and effective recreation management, integrated with other environmental resource concerns, requires geo-spatial representation. This study investigates the effectiveness of coupling computer based Geographical Information System (GIS) approaches with traditional social sciences survey methods to improve assessments of nature-based recreation activities and experiences, and their environmental impacts. Secondary analyses of preexisting data collected in the East Huachuca Mountain recreation area in Coronado National Forest, Arizona provided measures of spatial distributions of the number of users, and of social, managerial and environmental detractors from the quality of recreation experiences. GIS analysis identified the most likely locations for specific activities (e.g. hiking, camping, hunting), for negative social encounters (e.g. hikers meeting with mountain bikers), for managerial and environmental detractors from recreation quality (e.g. inadequate trail signage, presence of litter and trash, soil erosion). Thus, although respondents in general reported they had overall positive experiences, spatial analysis revealed consistently negative experiences in some specific sites. GIS analysis methods provide new opportunities to improve upon recreation theory by better addressing the naturally spatial character of recreation experience. More precisely geo-referenced recreation survey and assessment methods enable more effective integration of recreation values and impacts into the inherently geo spatial ecosystem management framework.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectGeography.en_US
dc.subjectAgriculture, Forestry and Wildlife.en_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences.en_US
dc.subjectRecreation.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineRenewable Natural Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorDaniel, Terry C.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest9965882en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b40480598en_US
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