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The goal of this research is to understand public stakeholder perceptions and landscape preferences for silvicultural treatments used to restore northern dry forest and barrens ecological communities in the US (Upper Great Lakes Region). Research questions address four study objectives: 1. Landscape Treatment Preferences: How do different levels (intensities) of overstory and understory treatments affect landscape preferences? 2. Aesthetics and Ecological Design: How do the size and shape of stand treatments and arrangement of remaining trees within low density treatment levels effect preferences? 3. Ecological Information: Can information provided to stakeholders describing the purpose of restoration treatments increase their preferences and/or acceptability of more open dry forest and barrens landscapes? 4. User and Interest Group Differences: Do different user and interest groups view restoration treatments differently? How do aesthetic preferences for the treatments compare with other response dimensions such as management acceptability or suitability for a given recreational activity

This project establishes a permanent transboundary visitor monitoring in the Šumava and Bavarian Forest National Parks. Increasing recreational use pressured and conflicts with nature conservation and among area users request reliable data on visitors for a sustainable and successful visitor management. Therefore, data on the temporal-spatial use and socio-demographic characteristics of visitors, visitors needs and expectations etc. are useful for park management to provide a high quality of the visitor experience. Data are also useful for visitor information, education, and visitor management. Because of the transboundary situation, a common visitor monitoring and management between the two national parks is needed. This project develops the basics for a transboundary and permanent socio-economic visitor monitoring.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-09-01 - 2019-08-31

Everyday school life challenges pupils reducing their cognitive abilities while at the same time increasing their stress levels. Pupils are less able to concentrate, cannot sufficiently absorb the subject matters and are not balanced. The project Green4brain investigates the restorative effects of different school areas (indoor/outdoor) and urban green spaces on the mental health and the wellbeing of pupils. In an inter- and transdisciplinary approach Viennese schools work together with a team of scientists from recreation planning, public health and environmental technology. The project is founded by the Sparkling Science programme.

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