Sense of Place and Forest Science: Toward a Program of Quantitative Research

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Sense of place is rich in theory, but quantitative research approaches often fail to reflect this richness. This schism between theory and application not only impedes the development of theory, but also the ultimate utility of the concept for integration into resource management planning. Here, several fundamental points in sense of place theory that can readily be translated into testable hypotheses are identified, as are suggestions for how they may be reformulated into hypothesis language. Sense of place is composed of descriptive and evaluative components that are a function of landscape attributes, experience with the landscape. In turn, any of these elements may affect place-related behaviors. FOR. SCI. 49(6):822–829.

Keywords: Sense of place; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; place attachment; place satisfaction

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 16802, Phone: 814-863-8644; Fax; 814-865-3746

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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