Forest Park (Portland Or.), Parks -- Oregon -- Portland, Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Oregon -- Portland
This report presents both qualitative and quantitative survey data concerning resident perceptions of ecosystem services in Portland’s Forest Park. Focus group best practices and ecosystem services in urban parks literature are reviewed. Representative focus groups were conducted to ascertain local awareness and understanding of the urban wilderness area’s ecosystem services, identify concurrent challenges and measure interest in a potential interpretive center. Individual surveys were also administered in order to connect issues with demographics and recreational use information. Regression analyses were conducted to examine related park usage, access and economic trends.
While the study is preliminary, the results reveal opportunities for future study. Such studies should further build an understanding of the complex factors that influence park users’ engagement, stewardship and place values associated with Forest Park, which will in turn promote more accurate valuation of ecosystem services and better-informed decisions about future management intensity.
Barreyro, Pablo and Stein, Jenny Dempsey, "Forest Park Ecosystems Services Inventory: An Exploratory Study" (2015). Institute for Sustainable Solutions Publications and Presentations. 94.