Title

Identifying Differences of Environmental Ethics and Place Attachment Among Visitors and Managers at State Parks

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Abstract

Understanding place attachment and environmental ethic variables may improve management of natural areas, including enhanced communication related to management practices, managing various natural resources for specific or designated uses, and mediating significant differences between visitors and managers. Bridging any gaps of knowledge and understanding between visitors and those taking care of these natural places may enhance use and management of those areas into the future. This study elicited place attachment, environmental ethics, and demographic information from visitors to four state parks in Oklahoma. State park managers and state park visitors were found to be significantly different in their levels of place attachment and environmental ethics. Using t tests and discriminant analysis, researchers were able to use proenvironmental ethics and place identity to explain and predict the significant differences between the two groups. Implications for natural resource management include improved resource conservation and sustainability through enhanced education, interpretation efforts, and specific programming to connect people to natural places.

Publication Title

Visitor Studies

Volume

18

Issue

1

First Page

64

Last Page

82

DOI of Published Version

10.1080/10645578.2015.1016368

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