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The Design and Management of Recreational Trails on Forested Lands Using Eye Tracking Technology

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The management of recreational trails on forested lands needs to reduce the negative impacts of trail users but also meet people’s leisure and recreation needs. Sensory cues (e.g., interpretive signs and trash bins) are one of the management tools that park managers often use to influence visitor behavior. However, how the sensory cues can influence visitor experiences and behaviors has not been investigated adequately. Therefore, this research will use a triangulated approach including eye tracking technology, surveys, and interviews to investigate how visitors view sensory cues and the scenery of the trails. Experimental design will be conducted to examine if the messages on interpretive signs can encourage visitors to pick up litter, dispose of litter properly, and pay attention to potential fire hazards. This research will identify the factors that motivate visitors to have pro-environmental actions. From the practical perspective, it will help to reduce litter and lessen the possibility of human-started wildfires and to enhance hiking experiences.
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2022
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