Portland State University. Department of Geography
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Master of Science (M.S.) in Geography
Place (Philosophy), Mount Hood National Forest (Or.) -- Psychological aspects, Human beings -- Effect of environment on, Human ecology
1 online resource (viii, 94 pages)
Understanding the complex connections humans have with landscapes is necessary for successful land management and planning practices. Only within the last few decades has mapping the values of forest users been used to produce data that can be incorporated into forest planning as a means to better understand social and environmental dynamics. This research used sense of place web mapping coupled with interviews to understand forest users' emotional and sensory experiences within the Mount Hood National Forest and to improve future sense of place mapping research. Two objectives were addressed in this research: 1) develop a typology of individuals' emotions experienced and triggers of those emotions associated with their places of importance within the Mount Hood National Forest, and 2) develop methods and recommendations for effectively incorporating emotional and sensory questions into larger sense of place surveys with or without interviews to create a more comprehensive assessment of human landscape interactions.
Through the process of thematically coding the emotions participants expressed, it was found that certain mapped emotions revealed key associations that could be integrated with traditional values mapping methods, leading to a better understanding of why participants value certain places identified in the forest. Additionally, an evaluation of the results found that the senses of sight and sound in relationship to landscape values proved to be the most relevant senses for forest planning. The resulting conclusions demonstrate that emotional and sensory experiences should be considered an integral component of sense of place mapping techniques aimed at making better informed decisions for future management of public lands.
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Milligan, Alicia RaNae, "My Mountain, Your Mountain, Our Mountain: Incorporating Emotional and Sensory Experiences in Mapping Sense of Place in Mount Hood National Forest" (2021). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5815.