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Acquiring an Improved Understanding of Willmore Wilderness Park Visitors, Alberta, Canada

  • Author / Creator
    Mucha, Debbie A
  • The fundamental challenge of wilderness stewardship is balancing social and ecological values while ensuring wilderness qualities are preserved. This thesis contributed to an improved understanding of wilderness visitors, and more specifically addressed the need for acquiring an improved understanding of visitor use in Willmore Wilderness Park, Alberta, Canada. A mixed-methods approach including: trail surveys, in-depth mail surveys, trail cameras, Global Positioning System (GPS) Tracksticks, and in-person/telephone interviews were utilized. Specifically, visitation levels to the main staging areas, visitor and trip characteristics, motivations, familiarity, risk perceptions, management preferences, and visitors’ relationship to Willmore were examined. A total of 195 trail surveys were completed and an 89% (n = 85) response rate from the associated in-depth mail survey was achieved. A Trackstick distribution success rate of 77% (n = 24) was obtained and 17 parks users were interviewed. By understanding more about park users and what they prefer or desire in Willmore, this project will help to balance conservation with recreation objectives.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3568H
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Physical Education and Recreation
  • Specialization
    • Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Halpenny, Elizabeth (Physical Education and Recreation)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • McFarlane, Bonita (Rural Economy)
    • Hvenegaard, Glen (Renewable Resources)