Managing Recreation Resources for Positive Outcomes: An Application of Benefits-based Management
Keywords:Recreation management, benefits-based management, experience- based management, BLM recreation management, benefits of leisure
AbstractThis study investigates the relationship between benefits desired by recreationists and the activities and setting (physical, social, and managerial) characteristics that may facilitate realization of those benefits. Information was gathered from I ,025 visitors to a dispersed recreation area in western Colorado. Cluster analysis was used to group visitors into one of four benefit "types" based on their desires for particular recreation benefits. Chi square and analysis of variance were used to compare activity participation and preferences for various physical, social, and managerial setting characteristics among the four groups. Two of seven activities, mountain biking and viewing dinosaur fossils, differed significantly among the four benefit types suggesting that participation in a variety of activities may lead to multiple benefits. Significant differences (p::;; .05) were found in the desired contact with other visitors, level of facility development, and management presence among the four groups. Further research is needed to assess the consistency of these relationships over a variety of recreation settings.
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