Tools For Understanding Sense Of Place Can Help Us Manage Natural Areas
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Robert Newell is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University. His postdoctoral research project, Spaces, Places and Possibilities (SPP), examines the use of realistic, interactive visualizations as tools for community planning and public engagement. Newell’s previous work has involved exploring different ways of engaging diverse groups in sustainability research and ideas, such as through data visualizations, social media, and animations.

                       

Tools For Understanding Sense Of Place Can Help Us Manage Natural Areas

A sense of place can be broadly defined as the collection of meanings, values, symbols, and feelings people associate with a particular locality1, and it is a concept that is widely recognized by scholars and researchers as being integral for sustainable natural resource planning and management. By understanding and giving due attention to people’s relationships to a place, a natural area can be managed in a manner that is socially and culturally conscious, as well as environmentally and economically sound.  Although...

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