Research Design Connections
Studies uncover snowmobilers’ attitudes, assisted-living residents’
preferences, biodiverse golf courses, and trails with varied plants.
By Jean Marie Cackowski and Sally Augustin
Illustration by William Brown
Landscape Architecture, in partnership with the web-based
newsletter Research Design Connections, will continue to
use this column (the previous example appeared in the October 2005
issue) to report current research of interest to landscape architects
from a wide array of other fields.
We welcome your comments, suggestions about future topics, and
studies you have encountered in your own practice.
Snowmobilers Say They Value Nature
By interviewing snowmobilers and other recreational visitors in
Yellowstone National Park, two researchers examined the "popular
image of snowmobiles as thrill craft and snowmobilers as thrill
seekers" who break the silence of winter parks with their noisy,
fume-spewing vehicles. The study builds on the limited existing
research about the recreational experiences of snowmobilers and
on the ecological, social, and economic implications of snowmobiling
in Yellowstone National Park in particular.