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Effect of an Illegal Open Dump in an Urban Forest on Landscape Appreciation

Version 1 : Received: 11 November 2020 / Approved: 12 November 2020 / Online: 12 November 2020 (08:20:55 CET)

How to cite: Bielinis, E.; Janeczko, E.; Janeczko, K.; Bielinis, L. Effect of an Illegal Open Dump in an Urban Forest on Landscape Appreciation. Preprints 2020, 2020110326 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0326.v1). Bielinis, E.; Janeczko, E.; Janeczko, K.; Bielinis, L. Effect of an Illegal Open Dump in an Urban Forest on Landscape Appreciation. Preprints 2020, 2020110326 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0326.v1).

Abstract

Rubbish in a forest environment is a great threat to this ecosystem, but this threat may also apply to the lost benefits for visitors to the forest. Previous studies proved that forest areas have a positive effect on obtaining psychological relaxation in the people visiting them. However, it was not known whether this restorative experience could be disturbed in any way by the presence of an open dump in the forest. To check how the presence of a landfill affects the visitors, an experiment was planned in which the respondents observed a forest area with a landfill and a forest landscape without a landfill for 15 minutes (control). The respondents then assessed the landscape using the semantic differential method and the Perceived Restorativeness Scale (PRS). An analysis of these observations showed that the presence of a landfill in the forest significantly changed the appreciation of the landscape by the respondents, the values of positive experiences decreased, and the negative experiences increased. Restorativeness was also reduced. Based on the results, it can be concluded that the presence of garbage in the forest may interrupt the restorative experience of its visitors.

Subject Areas

forestry; forests; restorativeness; semantic differential method; waste management

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