Comparing day-users and overnight visitors attitudes concerning Leave No Trace

Brendan Derrick Taff, Peter B. Newman, Wade Vagias, Ben Lawhon

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Leave No Trace is the most prominent educational message used to influence behaviors of protected-areas visitors with the end-goal of sustaining or improving resource conditions. The vast majority of previous research regarding Leave No Trace has focused on backcountry-overnight visitors. However, by sheer numbers alone, day-users are by far the largest user group of protected areas and research regarding this user-group is insufficient. The purpose of this study was to compare day-users’ perceptions (perceived knowledge, awareness and support, and attitudes) of Leave No Trace with those of overnight users. Results indicate that day-users’ and overnight users’ perceptions of Leave No Trace are largely congruent, and suggest that similar messaging approaches may be employed in day-use and backcountry areas in the future.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-146
JournalJournal of Outdoor recreation, Education, and Leadership
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014


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