Attitudes of Western residents of the USA toward natural resources have been changing due to changes in demographics and rapid population growth in the region. The objective of the study reported here was to determine how residents in 15 Western states view the balance between natural resource exploitation and protection. In general, natural resource protection was more important than resource use for people having the following demographic characteristics: (1) female, (2) younger than 60, (3) more formally educated, and (4) residing in communities larger than 25,000.
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Mahler, R. L., Shafii, B., Hollenhorst, S., & Andersen, B. J. (2008). Public Perceptions on the Ideal Balance between Natural Resource Protection and Use in the Western USA. The Journal of Extension, 46(1), Article 12. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol46/iss1/12