A Case Study of Place Meanings Among Managers of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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Carena J. van Riper
Gerard T. Kyle
Jee In Yoon


Place meaning and related concepts that reference human attachment to the physical world have received considerable attention from resource and recreation managers and scientists.  Although much work has focused on understanding the meanings that key stakeholders associate with landscapes, the perspectives of managers have generally been absent from these investigations.  In this case study, we explore the meanings resource managers associate with Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Texas.  We draw on a thematic analysis of five semi-structured interviews with managers from Aransas.  Our findings illustrate that managers have emotional attachment to places under their jurisdiction, and use this attachment to provide high quality experiences for their public constituents.  This study offers insights into the characterization of values that managers ascribe to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Complex. 

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Carena J. van Riper