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Preferences of mountain park visitors regarding some British Columbia and Alberta forest habitat Apt, Kamill J.Z.

Abstract

Information was collected in 1967 from 1116 visitors to some mountain parks in British Columbia and Alberta regarding their preferences, knowledge and interest in the kind and condition of the surrounding forest habitat. Data concerning visitor characteristics such as socioeconomic standing, camping experience, age, sex, regional origin, level of education, type of equipment used (tents, trailers or campers) and reasons for selecting the campground were also recorded. Because of the difficulty quantifiable nature of the data, analyses had to be done using only tests of independence and simple correlations of the observed frequencies. It was found that most park visitors were travellers staying overnight, then moving on, rather than camping for several days. Two-thirds of them were able to recognize the common tree species of the parks, but their preferences regarding forest habitat were weak and vague. Those who were well satisfied with the facilities and the general conditions of the campground tended to prefer some particular feature of the local forest. The firm opinions and strong preferences of the small group of wilderness enthusiasts reported in other surveys were not found among the park visitors sampled in this study.

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