The impact of visits to dryland forests on environmental outlook: Results from a national survey

Alon Tal, Miriam Billig

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Abstract

The effect of visits to the country's forests on environmental perspectives and commitments was assessed in a national survey of the Israeli public. As a highly urbanized country, visits to the country's dryland forests constitute an important national pastime across ethnic lines. We evaluated the impact that forest visitation had on the attitudes and perspectives of the visitors. A strong correlation was found between the frequency of visits to forests by individuals and a range of pro-environmental and pro-conservation sentiments. Of particular interest was the response of Israel's Arab citizens. Not only do Israeli Arabs visit forests more frequently, but they also support environmental policy positions more avidly than do Jewish citizens. The article argues that increasing accessibility to forests and natural sites by expanding public transportation lines should constitute an important component in conservation strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number872
JournalForests
Volume11
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arab
  • Dryland forests
  • Effect
  • Environmental awareness
  • Forests
  • Israel
  • Ultra-Orthodox citizens
  • Visits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry

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