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dc.contributor.advisorBarbieri, Carla Elianaeng
dc.contributor.authorGao, Jieeng
dc.date.issued2012eng
dc.date.submitted2012 Springeng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on September 12, 2012).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Carla Barbierieng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionM.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2012.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Parks, recreation, and tourism.eng
dc.description"May 2012"eng
dc.description.abstractThis study assessed residents' perceptions of the visual appeal of agroforestry landscapes for recreational purposes in Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas. Specific objectives of this study were: (1) to identify the features of agroforestry landscapes that are more visually appealing to visit a farm for recreation; (2) to assess the perceived benefits of agroforestry landscapes; (3) to compare residents' preferences of agroforestry landscapes features across respondents with different characteristics; and (4) to contrast residents' perceived benefits of agroforestry landscapes across different respondents segments. Data were collected in 2011 using an online survey questionnaire from three non-random panels of residents in Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Texas (n = 250 each). Results showed that “wildlife”, “water resources”, “heritage resources”, and “farm animals” are the most preferred individual landscape features. MANOVA showed significant differences on preferences of landscape features across gender, levels of agritourism experience, and relationships with a farm/forested land. Females, Recurrent Agritourists, and those with Direct or Indirect Relationship to a land showed higher preferences for most landscape features as compared to their counterparts. Overall respondents perceived that both conventional and agroforestry farms are equally important in providing socio-economic benefits to society, while agroforestry farms are slightly more important regarding the provision of eco-physical benefits. MANOVA tests showed significant differences only between male and female respondents on their perceived importance of eco-physical and socio-economic benefits that both types of farms provide. Theoretical and practical implications of study results are discussed.eng
dc.format.extentviii, 93 pageseng
dc.identifier.otherGaoJ-040612-T814eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/15255eng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollection2012 Freely available theses (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2012 Theseseng
dc.subjectagroforestryeng
dc.subjectagritourismeng
dc.subjectlandscape managementeng
dc.titleResidents' perceptions of agroforestry landscape: implications for agritourismeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineParks, recreation and tourism (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.S.eng


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