Albany, CaliforniaMailing address:PO Box 245, Berkeley CA94701-0245(510) 559-6300http://www.psw.fs.fed.us
Pacific Southwest Research Station
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Chavez, Deborah J. 2001.
Managing outdoor recreation in California: visitor contactstudies 1989-1998
. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-180. Albany, CA: Pacific SouthwestResearch Station, Forest Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture; 100 p.
Findings from 30 outdoor recreation visitor contact studies that wereconducted in California between 1989 and 1998 are summarized. Analyses focuson recreationist profiles, patterns of participation, beliefs and opinions,communication patterns, and depreciative behaviors. Although the “typical”respondent to the survey sites was white, there were many sites where significantnumbers of racial and ethnic minorities were recreating. Visitors chose the areas because the mountains and deserts are important to them. Some sites hadmoderately sized visitor groups; others had large groups, though the sites theywere visiting did not necessarily have the facilities and amenities needed to servethem. Management guidelines and future research needs for outdoor recreationare highlighted.
: adaptive management, cultural diversity, outdoor recreation,recreation management, recreation participation, California
Deborah J. Chavez
is a research social scientist with the Station’s WildlandRecreation and Urban Cultures Research Unit, 4955 Canyon Crest Drive,Riverside, CA 92507-6099. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.