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Photographic Perceptions as an On-Site Tool for Designing Forest Trails

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Abstract:

Hiking of forest trails is a popular forest recreational activity. Accordingly, trails need to be designed to provide for the needs of trail users. Two photographic methodologies were used to provide forest resource managers with a tool for incorporating hiker perceptions and preferences into the design of trails. Visitor-produced photographs and on-site rating of trail environment photographs can provide necessary user information for designing more rewarding trail experiences. Additionally, they offer a source of public involvement in the design process which seems highly agreeable to participants.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Director, Interpretation Research Institute, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Publication date: May 1, 1980

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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