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Data on wilderness experience stewardship from a 2001-2002 visitor survey at Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve (GAAR) is a remote area in the Brooks Range of northern Alaska. GAAR contains more than 7 million acres of federally designated wilderness, but hosts only about 600 recreation visitors per year. A two-year, two-phase project was implemented at GAAR to provide scientific input to visitor management and backcountry planning. In phase I (2001) qualitative methods (in-depth interviews) were used to develop an understanding of the nature of visitor experiences and to identify significant influences on those experiences. Results identified five broad experience dimensions and several potential factors of influence upon those experiences. In phase II of the research project (2002), a quantitative survey of 201 recreation visitors and 18 commercial operators in GAAR was conducted to investigate and validate the distribution of phase I results. Phase I produced data in the form of interviews, transcribed verbatim, and sound recordings, containing interview excerpts. Phase II data was generated from survey responses, in the form of text files.

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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-156.994831 68.65754, -149.774281 68.65754, -149.774281 66.636281, -156.994831 66.636281))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is 8.4 million acres, lying entirely in the Arctic Circle in Alaska. It is the central component of the Brooks Range, situated between the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the east, and the Noatak preserve
Forest Service Research Data Archive
Temporal Coverage
January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2002
Contact Name
Watson, Alan
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Program Code
005:059 - Department of Agriculture - Management Activities
Bureau Code
005:96 - Forest Service
Harvested from Forest Service
Harvest Source TitleForest Service
Harvest Source URIhttps://www.fs.usda.gov/rds/rdaoaipmh/o
Last Harvest PerformedSat, 07/11/2020 - 01:15

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