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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 rstedman@psu.edu

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
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