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Title: Deliberating the experiential qualities of wilderness: Similar meanings, but divergent standards

Author: Seekamp, Erin; Cole, David N.;

Date: 2009

Source: International Journal of Wilderness. 15(3): 23-28.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Debate continues about how to best provide and protect outstanding opportunities for wilderness experiences (i.e., solitude, primitive recreation, and unconfined recreation), particularly in high-use destinations. This study explores what these experiences mean to wilderness stakeholders attending facilitated deliberations about the management of a high-use destination in the Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon. We found that similar meanings, but diverse standards, are attributed to these experiential qualities of wilderness. Opportunities for these experiences exist, but achieving any one experience is largely dependent on coping behaviors and making trade-offs between access and experience, as well as between these different experiences. Consequently, management of high-use destinations remains contentious.

Keywords: wilderness experiences, high-use destinations

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Seekamp, Erin; Cole, David N. 2009. Deliberating the experiential qualities of wilderness: Similar meanings, but divergent standards. International Journal of Wilderness. 15(3): 23-28.


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