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Palm Beach County Ecosystem Valuation Survey:  Implications For Policy Decisions Regarding Natural Areas Program

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Title:
Palm Beach County Ecosystem Valuation Survey: Implications For Policy Decisions Regarding Natural Areas Program
Series Title:
19th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
Creator:
Kennedy, Kelly Ann
Language:
English
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Center for Undergraduate Research
Center for Undergraduate Research
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Conference papers and proceedings
Poster

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Palm Beach County’s Natural Areas Program is a valuable public conservation program intended to enhance ecosystem services like flood protection and reduced water pollution as well as offer nature-based activities such as hiking, bird-watching, and environmental education. For policy-makers, it is necessary to have current information about how constituents prefer to fund the program. In this study, a survey was used to analyze whether residents value ecosystems and how they prefer to pay for the Natural Areas Program. The analysis of ecosystem preferences focused on three primary habitats: forests, wetlands, and scrubs. Approximately 1,500 responses were collected online and through mail surveys during the summer of 2017. Using cross-tabulation and chi-squared summary statistics, we identified trends among residents’ preferences. Results suggest that while 51% of people older than 45 years old prefer to live near forest habitats, a majority of 57% would not support increasing taxes for the program. This suggests that though residents over 45 years of age value ecosystems protection, their support is limited perhaps by economic reasons. Identifying what limits public support for this program helps policymakers tailor the program to fit constituents’ desires. This research can ultimately increase funding for ecosystem conservation through the Natural Areas Program in Palm Beach County. ( en )
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Research authors: Ann Kennedy, John Lai, Damian Adams - University of Florida
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University Scholars Program
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Faculty Mentor: Palm Beach County’s Natural Areas Program is a valuable public conservation program intended to enhance ecosystem services like flood protection and reduced water pollution as well as offer nature-based activities such as hiking, bird-watching, and environmental education. For policy-makers, it is necessary to have current information about how constituents prefer to fund the program. In this study, a survey was used to analyze whether residents value ecosystems and how they prefer to pay for the Natural Areas Program. The analysis of ecosystem preferences focused on three primary habitats: forests, wetlands, and scrubs. Approximately 1,500 responses were collected online and through mail surveys during the summer of 2017. Using cross-tabulation and chi-squared summary statistics, we identified trends among residents’ preferences. Results suggest that while 51% of people older than 45 years old prefer to live near forest habitats, a majority of 57% would not support increasing taxes for the program. This suggests that though residents over 45 years of age value ecosystems protection, their support is limited perhaps by economic reasons. Identifying what limits public support for this program helps policymakers tailor the program to fit constituents’ desires. This research can ultimately increase funding for ecosystem conservation through the Natural Areas Program in Palm Beach County. - Center for Undergraduate Research, University Scholars Program

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