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Valuing wilderness : an analysis of the public submissions to the proposed helicopter/floatplane landing sites in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

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Fry, Jennifer Lyn (2001) Valuing wilderness : an analysis of the public submissions to the proposed helicopter/floatplane landing sites in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The subjective nature of a wilderness experience and wilderness definition makes it
imperative that managers of wilderness areas understand the views held by
stakeholders, their experience levels and demographic profile. This study
demonstrates the values, needs, characteristics and behaviours of the respondents to
the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service's (2000) call for submissions to the
helicopter and floatplane landing sites issue in the Tasmanian Wilderness World
Heritage Area.
A phenomenological approach is taken in order to classify the wilderness values
identified in the submissions. In addition to the official responses, data is taken from
a follow-up survey conducted on the respondents to determine experience levels and a
demographic profile. The follow-up survey seeks to clarify the wilderness values
held by the stakeholders.
Clear demographic and experience profiles emerge from the study. The respondents
are identified as being 35-54 years of age, hold managerial or professional
occupations, and have completed tertiary education. Respondents are very
experienced, self-reliant recreationalists and have participated in at least one
self-reliant recreational activity in the last 12 months.
The stakeholders believe that wilderness should be completely protected. The reasons
behind this need for protection constitute the stakeholders' wilderness values.
Wilderness values that are identified in the study include: Gymnasium, Rarity,
Wilderness as Protected Landscape, Life Support, and Intrinsic Values. The findings
have implications for best practice management of the Tasmanian Wilderness World
Heritage Area.

Item Type: Thesis (Unspecified)
Keywords: Conservation of natural resources, National parks and reserves, Wilderness areas
Copyright Holders: The Author
Additional Information:

Thesis (M.Env.Mgt.)--University of Tasmania, 2002. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 00:07
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 05:54
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