Residents' perceptions of agroforestry landscape: implications for agritourism

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Residents' perceptions of agroforestry landscape: implications for agritourism

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dc.contributor.advisor Barbieri, Carla Eliana en_US
dc.contributor.author Gao, Jie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-12T14:34:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-12T14:34:12Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.date.submitted 2012 Spring en_US
dc.identifier.other GaoJ-040612-T814
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/15255
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on September 12, 2012). en_US
dc.description The 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. en_US
dc.description Thesis advisor: Dr. Carla Barbieri en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description M.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2012. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Parks, recreation, and tourism. en_US
dc.description "May 2012" en_US
dc.description.abstract This 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. en_US
dc.format.extent viii, 93 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.subject agroforestry en_US
dc.subject agritourism en_US
dc.subject landscape management en_US
dc.title Residents' perceptions of agroforestry landscape: implications for agritourism en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Parks, recreation and tourism en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.S. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2012 Theses
dc.relation.ispartofcollection 2012 Freely available theses (MU)


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