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      Investigating the Qualities of a Recreational Forest: Findings from the Cross-Sectional Hallerwald Case Study

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          Prior research shows that forests contribute to human health and well-being. In this sense, this cross-sectional case study, adopting the principles of citizen science, assessed the restorative potential of places in the Hallerwald, an Austrian community forest. A convenience sample of adult forest visitors (n = 99, 64% females) completed a survey during a guided 2.5 h forest tour. The German questionnaire assessed the qualities of defined places in the forest. We also investigated changes in mood states, perceived stress, restoration, connectedness, and mindfulness before and after visiting the forest. In cooperation with a local working group, we developed the new Widen One’s Mind (WOM) scale, which showed good scale characteristics. All places received high scores in their potential to increase restoration and vitality and to widen one’s mind. Positive affect, restoration, connectedness with nature and the forest, and mindfulness increased pre- versus post-visits, whereas negative affect and perceived stress decreased. The findings of this study suggest that in recreational forests, visitors experience beneficial mental effects such as stress reduction in addition to physical exercise. To facilitate regional development goals, we recommend evaluating places in forests regarding the potential effects on the health and well-being as well as citizen participation before initiating extensive remodeling.

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                Journal
                Int J Environ Res Public Health
                Int J Environ Res Public Health
                ijerph
                International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
                MDPI
                1661-7827
                1660-4601
                04 March 2020
                March 2020
                : 17
                : 5
                Affiliations
                [1 ]University College for Agrarian and Environmental Pedagogy, 1130 Vienna, Austria; renate.cervinka@ 123456haup.ac.at (R.C.); markus.schwab@ 123456haup.ac.at (M.S.)
                [2 ]Department of Environmental Health, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, 1090 Vienna, Austria
                Author notes
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                These authors contributed equally.

                Article
                ijerph-17-01676
                10.3390/ijerph17051676
                7084420
                32143466
                © 2020 by the authors.

                Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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