Basics
Healthy Human Population
Outdoor Activity
Indicator
Nature-based recreation
Vital Sign Indicator
Percent (%)
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No targets are currently set for this indicator.

Kelly Biedenweg
Contributing Partners
Last Updated
4/17/2020 4:31:35 PM
Map
The average frequency of using unpaved paths or trails by county (OS_3). Points represent locations where responses are higher (red) and lower (blue) than those around them based on the ArcGIS Getis-Ord Gi Hot Spot Analysis tool.
Description
This indicator tracks participation in nature-based recreation in the Puget Sound region during winter and summer seasons. Recreational activities tracked are limited to those within the scope of Puget Sound recovery and include both passive and active recreational activities, such as wildlife-watching, fishing, bicycling, boating, and swimming.
Indicator Results
Nature-based recreation
By: Response
Percentages of respondents who answered in each category, from 'More than 20 days per month' to 'I do not engage in this activity', by summer recreation question.

The abililty to engage in outdoor activities contribute to human physical and psychological health by providing opportunities for exercise, mastery, relationship building (with nature, friends, family and pets), and spiritual and aesthetic practices. Combined, the place-specific aspect of these activities contributes to one's sense of place.  

Key Indicator Messages
  • The most frequently practiced outdoor activities are gardening/yardwork and the use of paved and unpaved paths.
  • The least frequently practiced outdoor activities are hunting and motorized trail use.
  • Many respondents reported that they would like to do more outdoor activities but are unable to due to age-related physical limitations.
Methods
Monitoring Program

Oregon State University Human Dimensions Lab

Data Source

Oregon State University Human Dimensions Lab

Data are collected every 2 years via paper survey to a random sample of Puget Sound households. The population chosen for this survey was a clustered random sample of Puget Sound residents, with an initial sample of 9,000. Due to undeliverable addresses, the total sample reached was 8,261 individuals. The response rate was 28 percent for a total of 2,323 individual responses. Results will be reported as the average frequency Puget Sound residents spend engaging in specific, seasonal outdoor recreation activities.

About 75 percent of survey participants gave their cross-streets, which allowed mapping of human wellbeing metrics at a fine scale. The map above shows the location of each individual respondent. Hot Spot Analysis (Getis-Ord Gi* statistic) was used to visualize clusters of responses that were significantly higher (red, hot spots) and lower (blue, cold spots) relative to those around them.

Critical Definitions
Interpretation of Results

The most frequently practiced outdoor activities are gardening/outdoor yardwork in the summer (an average of 5-10 days per month for the population, with 90 percent of the population doing outdoor gardening/yardwork at some point in the summer). Next most frequent are the use of paved and unpaved paths (averaging over 4 days per month in the summer, with 90 percent of the population doing so at least once in the summer). The least frequent activities are hunting (practiced by only 10 percent of the population), motorized trail use (only 12 percent of the population does this at all), motorized boating (only 32 percent of the population does this at all), and fishing (only 38 percent of the population does this at all).

All activities significantly decrease in the winter (figure below).

Percentages of respondents who answered in each category, from 'More than 20 days per month' to 'I do not engage in this activity', by winter recreation question.

The map above provides an example of the distribution of individual survey respondents showing how each response to the frequency of using unpaved trails in summer compared to those around them. On average, each county used unpaved paths between 5-10 days per month and 1-4 days per month. Respondents from San Juan, Jefferson, Island, and Whatcom counties tended to use unpaved trails more frequently relative to those around them (red, hot spots). Respondents from Snohomish, Pierce, King, and Thurston counties tended to use unpaved trails less frequently than those around them (blue, cold spots). 

Multivariate linear regression models for each outdoor activity explained between 3 percent and 10 percent of the variation in responses based on demographics. The primary demographics influencing outdoor recreation were the area in which one lived (rural, suburban or urban) and age. In fact, many respondents chose to provide unsolicited information that they would like to do more outdoor activities but are unable to due to age-related physical limitations.

Datasets

The Puget Sound Partnership believes in the transparency and accessibility of the data used to address progress measures. These data are provided by contributing partners to the Partnership and are made publicly available through the Puget Sound Info site. These data are available on an "as is" basis and the Partnership is not responsible for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies. Please acknowledge the monitoring program and data source when using these data and obtain permission from the indicator lead to use these data in a publication.

Human Wellbeing Survey 2018 Categorical Data
Uploaded On
7/27/2020
File Type
Excel (XLSX)
Description
Results are presented for the subjective Human Wellbeing Vital Sign indicators. Data were collected via a survey to the general population of the Puget Sound Region in 2018. Please acknowledge the Oregon State University Human Dimensions Lab and Puget Sound Partnership when using these data.
Reporting Guidance
Reporting Instructions
Subcategories
Name
Response
I do not engage in this activity, Less than 1 day per month, 1-4 days per month, 5-10 days per month, 11-20 days per month
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More than 20 days per month