Title

A relationship between emotional connection to nature and attitudes about urban forest management

Publication Date

2-1-2020

Document Type

Article

Department

Public Health and Recreation

Publication Title

Urban Ecosystems

Volume

23

Issue

1

DOI

10.1007/s11252-019-00905-2

First Page

187

Last Page

197

Abstract

This paper presents research conducted in Oregon, USA that explored the relationship between an emotional connection to nature and attitudes about urban forest management. We asked about study participants’ attitudes concerning threats to urban forests and problems created by urban forests and green spaces. Results from our regression analysis indicate that emotional connection to nature is generally negatively related to attitudes about problems created by urban forests, and positively related to attitudes about threats to urban forests. Implications for natural resource management and sustainable cities are discussed.

Funding Sponsor

U.S. Forest Service

Keywords

Connection to nature, Ecosystem services, Human dimensions, Natural resource management, Public attitudes, Urban forests

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