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People and Their Behavior: A Challenge for Recreation Management

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Management of people in forest recreation areas should be based on analyses of the behavioral systems that may be producing undesirable effects, on careful consideration of managerial objectives, and on close examination of the possible courses of action. Incomplete problem analysis may have undesirable consequences. Methods for changing the behavior of recreationists include regulation, licensing, manipulation of fees, site design, delivery of services, and information of fees, site design, delivery of services, and information and training. When seeking to modify behavior, it is important to consider the directness of intervention in free choice and the resultant effect on quality of the recreational experience.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Research Social Scientist and Leader of the Recreation Research Project, North Central Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, St. Paul, Minnesota

Publication date: 1979-06-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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