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Title: Wilderness experience programs: A state-of-the-knowledge summary

Author: Dawson, Chad P.; Russell, Keith C.;

Date: 2012

Source: In: Cole, David N., comp. Wilderness visitor experiences: Progress in research and management; 2011 April 4-7; Missoula, MT. Proc. RMRS-P-66. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station p. 127-133.

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Description: One of the defining characteristics of Wilderness Experience Programs (WEPs) is the centrality of wilderness - settings, conditions, and characteristics - to the delivery of the program and the client or visitor experience. Wilderness Experience Programs have been classified into three types based on their primary program aim: education, personal growth, and therapy and healing. While WEPs are generally considered to provide many human and societal benefits, the research documentation is slowly growing to support the notion that nature and wilderness can and do provide restorative client and visitor experiences. However, additional research and information to help managers understand and manage WEP activities, programs, and appropriate use of wilderness is needed.

Keywords: management frameworks, recreation management, research methods, solitude, technology, visitor density, wilderness experience

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Dawson, Chad P.; Russell, Keith C. 2012. Wilderness experience programs: A state-of-the-knowledge summary. In: Cole, David N., comp. Wilderness visitor experiences: Progress in research and management; 2011 April 4-7; Missoula, MT. Proc. RMRS-P-66. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station p. 127-133.

 


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