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Forests 2011, 2(4), 875-893; doi:10.3390/f2040875
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Environmental Attitudes and Desired Social-Psychological Benefits of Off-Highway Vehicle Users

1,*  and 2
1 Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47905, USA 2 Department of Environment and Society, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-5215, USA
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 13 May 2011 / Revised: 6 September 2011 / Accepted: 17 October 2011 / Published: 26 October 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Expanding Forests’ Benefits: Forest-based Recreation and Tourism)
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Abstract

This research analyzes the relationships between off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders’ patterns of prior experience and the social-psychological benefits they desire from the activity; it also examines the relationships between patterns of prior experience and environmental attitudes. The sample consists of 600 OHV riders in Utah drawn from the entire population of OHV owners within the state. The sample was segmented into experience use history groups based upon respondents’ number of OHV trips within the past 12 months and the total number of years they have been riding OHVs. Results show that patterns of prior experience are related to certain desired social-psychological benefits. Personal achievement benefits were significantly more important for more frequent riders when compared to those who rode less often. The analysis also reveals no relationship between patterns of prior experience and general environmental attitudes.
Keywords: off-highway vehicle; unmanaged recreation; new ecological paradigm off-highway vehicle; unmanaged recreation; new ecological paradigm
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Smith, J.; Burr, S. Environmental Attitudes and Desired Social-Psychological Benefits of Off-Highway Vehicle Users. Forests 2011, 2, 875-893.

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