Perceptions of a Nearby Exurban Protected Area in South Carolina, United States

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Title Perceptions of a Nearby Exurban Protected Area in South Carolina, United States
Author Weaver, David Bruce; Lawton, Laura Jane
Journal Name Environmental Management
Editor Virginia H. Dale
Year Published 2008
Place of publication United States
Publisher Springer
Abstract To address the dearth of literature on the relations between local residents in urban areas and nearby higher-order exurban protected areas, this study examined the perceptions of Columbia (South Carolina) residents toward Congaree National Park. Mail-out survey results from a random sample of 455 adult residents showed positive overall attitudes toward the park, although this did not extend to a desire to personally volunteer in park activities. Cluster analysis on the basis of seven perceptual statements produced three groups: “very enthusiastic park supporters” (VEPS), accounting for one fourth of the sample; “less enthusiastic park supporters” (LEPS), accounting for approximately one half of the sample; and “ambivalents” (AMBS), accounting for the rest. The AMBS tend to be younger than members of the other clusters and have higher income, but enthusiasm was more clearly related to high levels of interaction and awareness relative to the park. Managerial implications of the study are considered, including the need to encourage higher levels of park awareness and visitation, as well as more ecologically responsible behavior, among residents of the greater Columbia urban area.
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Volume 41
Issue Number 3
Page from 389
Page to 397
ISSN 0364-152X
Date Accessioned 2008-08-01
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Impacts of Tourism; PRE2009-Tourism Management; PRE2009-Tourism Policy and Planning
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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