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A model of campsite choice in dispersed recreation settings

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dc.contributor.advisor Shelby, Bo
dc.creator Brunson, Mark W.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-22T21:44:20Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-22T21:44:20Z
dc.date.issued 1989-05-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/11351
dc.description Graduation date: 1989 en_US
dc.description.abstract Research on campsite selection behavior has given managers of outdoor recreation resources a better understanding of users' needs and preferences. However, researchers have found nagging inconsistencies, not only across settings but also between campers' stated preferences and their actual behavior. This thesis re-examines the campsite selection research in light of more recent studies of recreationists' decision-making processes. A model is developed and tested in two popular recreation areas in the Pacific Northwest. Analysis of previous research suggests a three-stage campsite choice model, mitigated by a satisficing mechanism. Campers first consider whether potential sites have "necessity attributes" which meet basic camping needs. Sites which pass this test are then evaluated for "experience attributes" which can facilitate preferred experience outcomes. "Amenity attributes" not central to the camping experience are weighed in a final stage. However, the process may be cut short due to incomplete information, fatigue, perceived competition for sites, or goal differences within the camping party. The model was tested by surveying visitors to the Deschutes River State Scenic Waterway in Oregon and Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington. Respondents were asked to rate the importance of various campsite attributes and of a series of experience goals. In both settings, necessity attributes tended to be rated most important, followed by experience attributes and amenity attributes. Correlation analysis confirmed that experience attributes are rated more highly when people believe they can enhance the likelihood of achieving experience goals. However, respondents in both surveys stressed one or two experience attributes that they rated more highly than some necessity attributes. The high importance ratings given to certain experience attributes may indicate that experience goals can be so important that achieving them is a necessity. It is also likely that the research methodology could have encouraged over-emphasis of experience attributes. Ways of avoiding methodological pitfalls in future research are discussed, as are potential extensions of campsite choice research based upon the model. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Recreational surveys -- Washington (State) -- Alpine Lakes Wilderness en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Recreational surveys -- Oregon -- Deschutes River en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Camp sites, facilities, etc. -- United States -- Evaluation en_US
dc.title A model of campsite choice in dispersed recreation settings en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science (M.S.) in Forest Resources en_US
dc.degree.level Master's en_US
dc.degree.discipline Forestry en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Johnson, Rebecca
dc.contributor.committeemember Matzke, Gordon
dc.description.digitization PDF derivative scanned at 300 ppi (256 B&W), using Capture Perfect 3.0, on a Canon DR-9080C. CVista PdfCompressor 4.0 was used for pdf compression and textual OCR. en_US

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