Forest visitors’ opinion of recreational facilities and trails in forests in the Blaník Protected Landscape Area – a case study

https://doi.org/10.17221/77/2012-JFSCitation:Drábková A., Šišák L. (2013): Forest visitors’ opinion of recreational facilities and trails in forests in the Blaník Protected Landscape Area – a case study. J. For. Sci., 59: 185-190.
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Currently, recreation is the most common use of protected areas and there are scarce data on the users and their opinion. The research was focused on visitors to the Blaník Protected Landscape Area (hereafter referred to as PLA), a well-known recreational area where data on visitors, important for PLA management, are missing. Therefore, the aim of the paper is find out: what kind of visitors comes to the study area; the type of forest trails and tourist facilities the visitors prefer. A questionnaire survey of forest visitors was used. Results show that the visitors mostly prefer maintained trails. According to forest visitors’ opinion, the most convenient facility to place near the forest tourist trail is the nature trail panels. Furthermore, based on the acquired data, it was possible to create a visitor’s profile which is important for respective research and other case studies in similar areas, and for managers of protected landscape areas to comply with both the visitors’ needs and the needs of the protected area.  
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