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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1978) 23(2): 202–216
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Forest recreation and changing management attitudes in New Zealand

J.J. Kennedy and A.W. Bignell

Recreation-amenity considerations are of increasing importance in exotic and indigenous forest management. Because of this several studies are examined here for indications of how forest recreation fits into national and regional leisure patterns. A conceptual model defining factors that influence decisions on if, how, and where to recreate is also presented. Problems in confusing recreation demand with recreation use are discussed relative to this model.
An appreciation of the attitudes of forest managers towards recreation, amenity, and multiple-use forestry is critical in understanding their planning-management responses. Some results from the New Zealand Institute of Foresters' questionnaire in early 1978 indicate that managers think such considerations an important part of exotic and indigenous forestry.

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