Date of Award

4-2007

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Advisor

Hammitt, William E.

Abstract

The Jocassee Gorges Natural Area is approximately 43,500 acres in size and is managed as a Wildlife Management Area by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). The purpose of the Jocassee Gorges Outdoor Recreation Use Survey was to determine the outdoor recreation activities, participation rates, and resource uses of the Jocassee Gorges. Secondary objectives included documenting and describing the current use of on-site visitors, participation rates, and temporal and spatial distribution patterns of use. The current and past use by local residents of the Jocassee Gorges were documented. A total of 263 on-site visitors were contacted, of which 247 agreed to complete the survey, resulting in a participation rate of 94 percent. During the telephone survey, a total of 7,068 local residents were contacted, of which 2,644 declined to participate, 3,676 were incomplete, and 748 residents were successfully interviewed, resulting in a participation rate of approximately 22 percent.

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