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The Role of Tourism Impacts on Cultural Ecosystem Services

Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University, 701H Donald H. Ford Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Psychological and Social Sciences, Pennsylvania State University–Abington, 1600 Woodland Rd., Abington, PA 19001, USA
Environment and Society, Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, Utah State University, 5215 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322, USA
Nature-Based Recreation Management, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University, 318 Richardson Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
Adventure Education Graduate Program, Prescott University, Prescott, AZ 86301, USA
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Environments 2019, 6(4), 43;
Received: 9 March 2019 / Revised: 31 March 2019 / Accepted: 3 April 2019 / Published: 9 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Impact of Nature-Based Tourism)
Parks and protected areas are recognized for the important ecosystem services, or benefits, they provide society. One emerging but understudied component is the cultural ecosystem services that parks and protected areas provide. These cultural ecosystem services include a variety of benefits, such as cultural heritage, spiritual value, recreation opportunities, and human health and well-being. However, many of these services can only be provided if people visit these parks and protected areas through tourism opportunities. However, with this tourism use comes a variety of inevitable resource impacts. This current research connects potential impacts from tourism in parks and protected areas to the health and well-being aspect of cultural ecosystem services. We used an MTurk sample to record affective responses across a range of resource conditions. Results demonstrate that as tourism-related ecological impacts increased, positive affect decreased. Decreases in positive affect were more severe for park and protected area scenes featuring informal and/or undesignated social trails when compared to scenes with increasing levels of trampling/vegetation loss. Collectively, the results show that managing tourism in parks and protected areas in a manner that reduces impact is essential to providing beneficial cultural ecosystem services related to human health and well-being. View Full-Text
Keywords: cultural ecosystem services; affect; Leave No Trace; impacts; health; well-being cultural ecosystem services; affect; Leave No Trace; impacts; health; well-being
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Taff, B.D.; Benfield, J.; Miller, Z.D.; D’Antonio, A.; Schwartz, F. The Role of Tourism Impacts on Cultural Ecosystem Services. Environments 2019, 6, 43.

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Taff BD, Benfield J, Miller ZD, D’Antonio A, Schwartz F. The Role of Tourism Impacts on Cultural Ecosystem Services. Environments. 2019; 6(4):43.

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Taff, B. D.; Benfield, Jacob; Miller, Zachary D.; D’Antonio, Ashley; Schwartz, Forrest. 2019. "The Role of Tourism Impacts on Cultural Ecosystem Services" Environments 6, no. 4: 43.

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