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Observance-Influence Analysis: A Case Study in a Forest Recreation Area

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Abstract:

Importance-performance (I-P) analysis is a common evaluative measure in forest recreation management. However, concerns with I-P analysis have been raised. In this study, the observance-influence (O-I) analysis technique modified from I-P analysis was adapted for analysing the observance of various use and resource impacts by on-site visitors, and the influence that these impact conditions have on forest recreation area visitor experiences. During the summer and autumn of 2000, 476 Worak-san Forest National Park visitors in Korea were surveyed. The O-I grid generated from the survey data indicated that managers are doing a good job. The grid revealed most impacts clustering in the low priority concern and no concern quadrants. Impacts shown to be of most concern related to utility poles and power lines, poor maintenance of buildings, dead and dying trees, and discourteous behaviour. The O-I grid analysis model has considerable utility for park managers in analysing visitors' perceptions of park impacts.

Keywords: Impact conditions; Korea; Worak-san Forest National Park; importance-performance analysis; observance-influence analysis; visitors' experiences

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02827580310005478

Affiliations: 1: School of Forest Resources Chungbuk National University Cheongju 361-763 Chungbuk 2: Department of Forest Resources/Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Clemson University SC 29634-0735 Clemson 3: Division of Environmental Science and Forest Resources Chungnam National University 305-764 Daejeon

Publication date: September 1, 2003

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