Evaluating Strategies to Manage Biodiversity in Colorado's Conservation Subdivisions


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Conservation development (CD) refers to a set of land development initiatives aimed at minimizing impacts on natural resources. Typically, homes are clustered and open space is set aside for conservation. Previous research suggests that many CDs fail to conserve biodiversity, perhaps due to a lack of management of built and conserved areas. The purpose of this research was to determine the opinions of landowners and developers about which conservation practices, as part of a policy scenario, could encourage the stewardship of CDs. We surveyed 25 landowners and developers who had created CDs in north-central Colorado; we solicited their attitudes about native wildlife conservation, willingness to adopt four conservation practices, and whether they would take advantage of a proposed incentive-based policy. We also conducted semi-structured interviews with 17 respondents to discuss different incentives, as well as two potential funding mechanisms for managing the open space for biodiversity (homeowners association dues and a property tax). Overall, we found moderate support for the conservation practices, some interest in two types of incentives (a housing density bonus and fast-tracking permits), and opposition to the two proposed funding mechanisms for management. Our findings suggest that developers in Colorado would be willing to adopt conservation practices, given a choice of incentives, but more education is needed to gain support for a funding mechanism.
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2014 Daniel S. Feinberg


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4 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I would like to thank Dr. Mark Hostetler both for prov iding guida nce on this project and for challeng ing me to work independently. I am also grateful to many other professors, including Drs. Susan Jacobson, Liba Pejchar, Elizabeth Pienaar, Sarah Reed, and Mickie Swisher Additionally, I would like to thank th e planners and developers who helped with my research. Finally, this project would not have been possible without the advice and encouragement of other graduate students and alum ni, particularly K aren Bailey, Hal Knowles, Suzanne Simpson, and Rick Vaughn


5 TABLE OF CON TENTS page ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ................................ ................................ ................................ .. 4 LIST OF TABLES ................................ ................................ ................................ ............ 7 LIST OF FIGURES ................................ ................................ ................................ .......... 8 LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS ................................ ................................ ............................. 9 ABSTRACT ................................ ................................ ................................ ................... 10 CHAPTER 1 LITERATURE REVIEW OF URBAN BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION ............... 12 Importance of Urban Biodiversity ................................ ................................ ............ 12 Insights from the Natural Sciences ................................ ................................ ......... 14 Insights from the Social Sciences ................................ ................................ ........... 16 Res idential Development and Conservation ................................ ........................... 17 Research Needs ................................ ................................ ................................ ..... 22 2 EVALUATING STRATEGIES TO MANAGE BIODIVERSITY IN CONSERVATION SUBDIVISIONS ................................ ................................ ......... 24 Introduction ................................ ................................ ................................ ............. 24 Methods ................................ ................................ ................................ .................. 28 Study Site Selection ................................ ................................ ......................... 28 Surveys ................................ ................................ ................................ ............ 29 Semi Structured Interviews ................................ ................................ .............. 31 Data Analysis ................................ ................................ ................................ ... 32 Result s ................................ ................................ ................................ .................... 32 Characteristics of Survey Respondents ................................ ........................... 32 Characteristics of CDs ................................ ................................ ...................... 33 Opinio ns on Co nserving Native Plants and Animals ................................ ........ 33 Opinions on Conservation Practices ................................ ................................ 35 Opinions on Incentive Based Policy Scenario ................................ .................. 36 Di scussion ................................ ................................ ................................ .............. 37 Characteristics of CDs and Open Space ................................ .......................... 37 Opinions About Native Plants and Animals ................................ ...................... 38 Conservation Practices ................................ ................................ ..................... 40 Incentive Base d Policies ................................ ................................ .................. 41 Funding Mechanisms ................................ ................................ ....................... 41 Conclusion s ................................ ................................ ................................ ............ 42 APPENDIX SURVEY QUESTIONS ................................ ................................ .......... 47


6 LIST OF REFERENCES ................................ ................................ ............................... 52 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH ................................ ................................ ............................ 64


7 LIST OF TABLES Table page 2 1 Ownership and management of the open space in 18 CDs in Colorado, as reported by developers, in terms of the number and percentage of owners and managers. ................................ ................................ ................................ ........... 12 2 2 The percentages of 21 developers in Colorado who rated native wildlife perception of this importance to other developers and to members of the community. ................................ ................................ ................................ ......... 14


8 LIST OF FIGURES Figure page 2 1 developers. ................................ ................................ ................................ ........ 47 2 2 Frequency of ratings according to 21 developers of CDs in Colorado ................................ ................. 47


9 LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS CD Conservation D evelopment GCRT Global Challenges Research Team HOA ssociation


10 Abstract of Thesis Presented to the Graduate School of the University of Florida in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science EVALU ATING STRATEGIES TO MANAGE BIODIVERSITY IN CONSERVATION SUBDIVISIONS: LANDOWNER OPINIONS IN COLORADO, USA By Daniel S. Feinberg May 2014 Chair: Mark Hostetler Major: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Conservation development (CD) refers to a set of lan d development initiatives aimed at minimizing impacts on natural resources. Typically, homes are clustered and open space is set aside for conservation There is little evidence for the effectiveness of CDs in conserving biodiversity, with some studies poi nting to a lack of management of built and conserved areas. The purpose of this research was to determine the opinions of landowners and developers about which conservation practices, as part of a policy scenario, could encourage the stewardship of CDs. We surveyed 25 landowners and developers who had created CDs in north central Colorado; we solicited their attitudes about native wildlife conservation, willingness to adopt four conservation practices, and whether they would take advantage of a proposed inc entive based policy. We also conducted semi structured interviews with 17 respondents to discuss different incentives, as well as two potential funding mechanisms for managing the open space ). Overall, we found moderate support for the conservation practices, some interest in two types of incentives (a housing density bonus and fast tracking permits), and opposition to the two proposed funding mechanisms for management. Our findings suggest t hat


11 developers in Colorado would be willing to adopt conservation practices, given a choice of incentives, but more education is needed to gain support for a funding mechanism.


12 CHAPTER 1 LITERATURE REVIEW OF URBAN BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION Human dominat biodiversity (Vitousek et al., 1997; Brown & Laband, 2006; McKinney, 2006; Luck, 2007; Butchart et al., 2010; Seto & Hutyra, 2012), threatening many ecosystem services that are essential to human well being, including clean air and water, agricultural production, and disease regulation (McKinney, 2002; Foley et al., 2005; Grimm et al., 2008; Cardinale et al., 2012; Aronson et al., 2014). The loss of these ecosystem services also has high economic c osts (Daily et al., 2009; Gomez Baggethun & Barton, 2013). Many of these environmental problems, along with their solutions, are rooted in cities (Johnson, 2001; Grimm et al., 2008; Nilon, 2011; Pickett et al., 2011; Pickett et al., 2013). The goals of thi s literature review are to describe (1) the importance of managing urban and suburban areas to conserve biodiversity, (2) theories from the natural and social sciences that provide a foundation for understanding how to conserve urban biodiversity, (3) inno vative ways that some conservationists and built environment professionals are conserving natural resources in urban development, and (4) gaps in the current literature regarding conservation developments and opportunities for further research. Importance of Urban Biodiversity The management of biodiversity in cities has implications both within and outside themselves contain native ecological communities (McKinney, 2002; Calhoun et al., 2005; Bateman & Fleming, 2012), which sometimes include rare and endangered species (McKinney, 2002; Olive & Minichiello, 2013), as well as endemic natives


13 (Aronson et al., 2014). They also offer unique opportunities for conservationi sts to reach the public and encourage stewardship through environme ntal education, since 80% of Americans live in or near cities (McKinney, 2002). Urban landscapes can be planned, designed, and managed with biodiversity in mind (Gobster et al., 2007), and then, if these landscapes appear aesthetically pleasing and well maintained, they can inspire environmental stewardship among urban residents (Nassauer, 2011). Design and management of cities can also impact biodiversity in surrounding landscapes, particul arly in nearby conserved areas both within and outside of cities. Designating urban open space in subdivisions does not necessarily mean that a diversity of native plants and animals will survive; for instance, when people landscape around homes with invas ive exotic species, these species can spread from urban and suburban areas to nearby natural areas, where they outcompete and displace natives (Pimentel et al., 2001; McElfish, 2004; Hostetler & Drake, 2009; Gavier Pizarro et al., 2010; Hostetler & Main, 2 010). Another major threat stemming from the behaviors of residents in cities is the excessive use of fertilizer on turf grass lawns, creating aquatic ecosystems (Carp enter et al., 1998; Smith, 2003; Cameron et al., 2012). Rainwater flows quickly across impervious surfaces, such as concrete, and deposits lawn chemicals (phosphorus and nitrogen) into streams and rivers, where the excess nutrients can cause algal blooms a fish and disrupting aquatic food webs (Diaz, 2001). Species invasions and nonpoint source pollution are just two examples of how human behavior in cities can threaten biodiversity in and around urban ar eas. Others include residents letting domestic cats


14 and dogs roam outdoors, where they can displace, injure, and kill wildlife (Odell et al., 2003; Hansen et al., 2005), and built areas generating light and noise pollution that disturb wildlife (Longcore & Rich, 2004; Barber et al., 2011). Restructuring cities to conserve biodiversity within and minimizing impacts on natural areas outside of cities will require an interdisciplinary approach that takes into account both the natural and social sciences (Balmf ord et al., 2005; Grimm et al., 2008; Nilon, 2011). The role of the natural science research is to determine the best management practices for conserving urban biodiversity, and the role of the social science research is to increase the uptake of the best management practices by using these assessments to guide behavior change through environmental education and policy (Jacobson, 2009; Manfredo et al., 2009). Insights from the Natural Sciences Biological research is fundamental in understanding how to conserve urban biodiversity, as it illuminates the basic needs of wildlife (e.g., how large a habitat needs to be to support a population of a given animal species) and the appro priate soil and climate conditions to support a variety of plant species (Williams et al., 2008; Lososova et al., 2010), as well as soil biota (Santorufo et al., 2012). Researchers often use birds as indicators of urban biodiversity since they are easily o bservable (Chace & Walsh, 2006; Sushinsky et al., 2012). Urbanization leads to declines in bird species richness and abundance, with the exceptions of exotic and urban adapted species that can thrive in cities (Chace & Walsh, 2006; Pellisier et al., 2012; Rittenhouse et al., 2012). Urbanization can also reduce diversity within other taxa (McKinney, 2008), including


15 amphibians (Parris, 2006), invertebrates (McIntyre & Hostetler, 2001), and plants (Burton et al., 2005). Some of the research on urban ecology u tilizes the theory of island biogeography, which demonstrates an inverse relationship between extinction rate and island size, meaning that larger islands are generally better at conserving species (MacArthur & Wilson, 1967). Urban ecologists have found th at habitat patches in cities are often analogous to islands, with larger patches providing greater conservation value (Soule, 1991; Marzluff, 2005; Hensperger, 2006). Many studies have compared urban habitat patches at different scales and explored their p otential to conserve biodiversity. Odell et al. (2003) studied birds and medium sized mammals in the natural areas within residential developments in found that these speci es were most abundant in habitats that were distant from the homes. The authors recommend clustering homes and leaving larger open areas in order to provide the necessary distance to support human sensitive species. In terms of mammals, the same study show ed that domestic dogs and cats were primarily found near the houses, whereas native coyotes and foxes were found far from the houses. This finding provides additional support for protecting large open spaces and also highlights the threat of off leash dome stic pets to native biodiversity. In other studies, a variety of taxa have been shown to occupy urban habitat patches. For example, reptiles and amphibians inhabit small urban forest remnants in Florida (Hostetler & Dawson, 2008). In this case, the authors habitat versus the edges and did not find that species preferentially used interior or


16 edges because the vegetative structure between the edge and interior forest was not different in these patches. H abitat fragmentation restricts the movement of populations and is a major threat to species richness and abundance (Debinski & Holt, 2000; Fahrig, 2003). In housing developments, the construction of roads and homes causes fragmentation and can reduce biodi versity directly (i.e., through roadkill) [Trombulak & Frissell, 2000] and indirectly (through habitat loss) [Bennett et al., 2013]. However, neighborhoods can be designed with connected open spaces (Freeman & Bell, 2011; Ahern, 2013) that make the landsca pe more permeable for species such as frogs (Freeman & Bell, 2011). On a regional scale, priority conservation areas can be identified during the development process and linked to create a larger network (Pejchar et al., 2007). Considerations of landscape permeability and minimizing fragmentation are increasingly important, as habitats are lost to both land use change and climate change (Theobald et al., 2012). Insights from the Social Sciences Understanding the basic biology of urban plant and animal comm unities is only part of the solution to conservation problems. Jacobson and McDuff (1998) argue that traditional conservation biologists whose skillsets are too narrow to address management. Rather, as Balmford and Cowling ( 2006) put it, determined, how can people ensure that these designs and practices are adopted in the socioeconomic context of urban areas? This type of question falls under the domain of


17 fields such as economics, political science, and social psychology (see Manfre do et al., 1998; Manfredo et al., 2009). Economics provides ideas such as land market theory, arguing that humans seek to maximize utility through land use decisions (see Verburg et al., 2004). Political science, on the other hand, often approaches conserv ation through collective action, meaning that people in a community must collaborate in order to manage a common resource (see Ostrom, 2000). When it comes to the social psychology of changing human behaviors, one of the most widely cited ideas is the Theo ry of Planned Behavior (TPB) [Ajzen, 1991]. TPB states that a person behaves in a certain way after having the intention to adopt that behavior. The theory provides three constructs that influence behavioral intention: the vior, subjective norms (i.e., perceived social pressure to behave in a certain way), and perceived behavioral control. When applied to conservation problems, TPB can predict and modify behaviors that help to provide habitat for urban plants and animals. Fo r example, Lopez Mosquera and Sanchez (2012) found that the constructs of TPB predicted willingness to pay for creating an easements (Beedell & Rehman, 2000; Brain et al., 201 3a; b). Social science research (e.g., TPB) can be combined with natural science research to ensure the effective conservation of urban biodiversity, through stewardship that is grounded in sound science. The next section of this literature review will ex plain how this interdisciplinary approach can be applied to the process of residential development.


18 Residential Development and Conservation Conservation development (CD), which is sometimes coined as conservation subdivision, is a set of practices that s trives to reconcile the growing, urbanizing human population with the needs of conserving natural resources (Arendt, 1996; Milder, 2007; Pejchar et al., 2007). The most prominent form of CD is where a neighborhood is designed and constructed in such a way that the homes are clustered together and a large open space is set aside for ecological or agricultural purposes (Milder & Clark, 2011). Other forms of CD include reserved homesite projects, limited development projects, and conservation oriented master p lanned communities; these forms differ in the percentages of the land and sometimes the quality of land that they protect (Milder & Clark, 2011). Instead of approaching conservation in terms of extremes, with minimal conservation in city centers and full c onservation outside city limits, all of these CD techniques fall along a spectrum that allows a given amount of construction while requiring some land conservation (Milder, 2007). The landscape planner Randall Arendt popularized CDs through his 1996 book Conservation design for subdivisions: A practical guide to creating open space networks The book describes many of the intended social, economic, and ecological advantages of CD, compared with conventional development. Examples of the social advantages in clude walkability, community activities, and opportunities for neighbors to meet in the green areas, while economic advantages include smoother review, lower costs, and marketing advantages (Arendt, 1996). Studies have reinforced the idea that homeowners v alue the social advantages of CD, such as walkability, which is part of the broader New Urbanism movement (Plaut & Bournet, 2003; Sohn et al., 2012). Other


19 social benefits can include scenic views, preservation of historical and cultural resources, and ove rall quality of life (Wallace et al., 2008), as well as safe places for children to play and access nature (NC State, 2011). Research has also supported values near open space (Bolitzer & Netusil, 2000; Geoghegan, 2002; Bowman et al., 2012a; b) and significant sales premiums on homes in CDs versus conventional subdivisions (Mohamed, 2006; Hannum et al., 2012). Another potential benefit of CD for developers is an expedited permit approval process (Arendt, 2009; Carter, 2009; Allen et al., 2012) although there is limited evidence of this benefit being implemented in communities. A CD is intended to benefit plant and animal communities by setting aside the open space to provi de extensive habitat (Arendt, 2004; Milder, 2007; Pejchar et al., 2007). As discussed above, larger habitats are often better at conserving native species, including many birds and mammals (e.g., Odell et al., 2001; Odell et al., 2003). However, the conser vation value of open spaces can be compromised by human activities in built areas (Pimentel et al., 2001; Hostetler & Drake, 2009). Even with the clustered houses and open space design, some CDs are failing to conserve biodiversity. Lenth et al. (2006) loo ked at bird, mammal, and plant communities in the open spaces of neighborhoods in Colorado. They found that native species diversity was equal between CDs and conventional developments, and that both types of developments had lower diversity than undevelop ed areas. One of the major reasons why CDs fail to conserve biodiversity is that they lack long term management plans (Lenth et al., 2006; Hostetler, 2010; Hostetler et al.,


20 2011). The process of creating a subdi vision consists of three phases design, cons truction, and post construction but CDs usually only consider ecology during the design phase, by setting aside the open space (Hostetler & Drake, 2009; Hostetler, 2010; Hostetler, 2012). In Colorado, for instance, the emphasis on design is clear in the La construction or ongoing stewardship (http://www.larimer.org/planning/planning/ProjectDocuments/12 S3097_land_division_process_guide_ _conservation_development.pdf). In Florida, most of the counties that have open space regulations do not provide adequate management recommendations for the built or conserved areas (Wald & Hostetler, 2010). More broadly Reed et al. (2014) studied CDs in 414 counties in the western United States a nd found that only 8% of CD ordinances included management plans or biological consultation. Ultimately, homeowners hold much of the responsibility for how a neighborhood is man aged over the long term (Peterson et al., 2007), but their knowledge of biodiversity conservation is limited (Hostetler & Noiseux, 2010; Stokes et al., 2010). Hostetler and Noiseux (2010) found that new homeowners in two green communities in Florida had lo w environmental knowledge and comparable environmental attitudes to those of homeowners in a conventional neighborhood. Therefore, conservationists need to educate homeowners about the benefits that biodiversity provides to people and how they can reduce t heir impacts on local natural communities. Even if homeowners intend to conserve biodiversity, they might not know enough about stewardship to do so


21 successfully, so education is needed (Austin & Kaplan, 2003; Hostetler & Noiseux, 2010). One way to educate and engage homeowners is by installing interpretive signage in the neighborhoods to provide information about local biodiversity and stewardship practices (see Hostetler et al., 2008). An environmental education program in the Town of Harmony, Florida, co nsisted of signage, a website, and a brochure, and demonstrated improvements in environmental knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among homeowners, compared with homeowners in a conventional neighborhood can further help to conserve native plants that can also provide habitat for native animals (Lerman et al., 2012). As houses continue to be built to accommodate the growing human population, ecologists can minimize the impacts on natural communities by collaborating with stakehol ders in the development process namely, planners, developers, and homeowners (Broberg, 2003; Daniels & Lapping, 2003; Theobald et al., 2005; Hostetl er, 2006; Miller et al., 2009; Hostetler, 2010; Stokes et al., 2010; Underwood et al., 2011; Reed et al., 2014). At the University of Florida, scientists formed the Program for Resource Efficient Communities (PREC), which provides workshops and continuing education courses for policymakers and other stakeholders (Hostetler, 2006). PREC has also been involved in the creation of sustainable neighborhoods, such as Madera in Gainesville, FL, which conserves wildlife, energy, and water ( http://www.wec.ufl.edu/extension/gc/madera/ ). Similarly, the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University facilitates collaboration between conservation researchers and built environment prof essionals through its


22 Global Challenges Research Teams ( http://sustainability.colostate.edu/research/global challenges research teams ). However, there is still a need for further collaboration and greater ecological literacy among planners and developers (Felson et al., 2013; Reed et al., 2014). Also, some developers show resistance towards novel development practices because they are only experienced with conventi onal development and are unaware of the demand for CD from homebuyers (Bowman & Thompson, 2009). Ecologists and planners should continue to educate these developers about the benefits of, and demand for, CD. Ecological knowledge and values can differ betwe en new property owners and long term residents, affecting the stewardship of the land (Smith & Krannich, 2000). In many parts of the American West, the long term residents are ranchers (Brunson & Huntsinger, 2008; Gill & Chisholm, 2010 ) who, compared with newcomers, tend to be more concerned about environmental issues such as limiting population growth and development (Smith & Krannich, 2000). Due to these differences in attitudes, long term residents and newcomers serve as two distinct stakeholder groups t hat ecologists and planners can target with d ifferent educational programs newcomers would generally require a greater shift in attitude with regard to conservation practices. Research Needs Further research on urban biodiversity conservation is needed in both the natural and social sciences. Historically, most ecologists have studied natural ecosystems, such as forests, and have not researched the conservation of biodiversity in places where people live and work (Miller & Hobbs, 2002; Martin et al., 2012) As ecologists learn more about urban biodiversity, their science should continue to inform landscape


23 design professionals (Nassauer, 2012). In the case of CDs, however, the design phase is only the beginning, with the subsequent construction and post con struction phases having major impacts on biodiversity (Hostetler, 2010; Hostetler et al., 2011) and therefore requiring attention from both natural and social science perspectives. Little research has addressed the long term management of biodiversity in C Ds, or the corresponding policy incentives and funding mechanisms that would engage stakeholders and make this management possible (Hostetler et al., 2011; Gmen, 2013; Reed et al., 2014). Components of a management plan could include such practices as in stalling interpretive signage (Hostetler et al., 2008), landscaping with native plants and managing exotics (Hostetler & Drake, 2009), and adding need to include long term, q uantitative monitoring to ensure that conservation goals are being met (Reed et al., 2014). In this way, biologists should play an ongoing role in the CD process, beyond the initial design phase (Hostetler, 2010), but research has not fully identified the types of education and incentives that would encourage developers to support biological consultation. As with other urban ecology problems, the solutions will lie in understanding both the needs of the native plant and animal communities and the means for changing human behavior to meet those needs.


24 CHAPTER 2 EVALUATING STRATEGIES TO MANAGE BIODIVERSITY IN CONSERVATION SUBDIVISIONS Introduction Urbanization negatively impacts biodiversity, in turn threatening ecosystem services, agricultural pro duction, and human health (Vitousek et al., 1997; McKinney, 2002; Foley et al., 2005; Grimm et al., 2008; Cardinale et al., 2012). Conservation development (CD) aims to minimize these impacts by balancing urban development with conservation through land us a type of neighborhood that clusters homes and sets aside open space (Arendt, 1996; Milder et al., 2007). The goals of these neighborhoods are to provide social, economic, and ecological advantages over conventional developments (Pejchar et al., 2007). Socially, CDs offer opportunities for residents to meet and recreate in common areas; neighborhoods (NC State University, 20 11; Youngentob and Hostetler, 2005). In terms of economics, CD can be profitable for developers, with homes selling more quickly and for higher prices than in conventional subdivisions (Geoghegan, 2002; Mohamed, 2006; Bowman et al., 2012; Hannum et al., 20 12). In addition to the social and economic advantages, CDs are intended to have several ecological advantages over conventional subdivisions. For example, conserved areas can reduce stormwater runoff (Arendt, 1996) and can provide habitat for a variety of animals, including insects, birds, and mammals (McIntyre & Hostetler, 2001; Odell et al., 2003; Hansen et al., 2005). CD can also provide critical linkages that result in a network of protected landscapes (Pejchar et al., 2007), which benefit both birds and mammals by offering contiguous open space that is less fragmented than disconnected


25 patches in conventional subdivisions. This benefit is especially pertinent to conse rving those that avoid built areas but use the large open spaces (Odell & Knight, 2001; Odell et al., 2003). For the purposes of this paper, CD will refer to the conservation subdivision approach of setting aside open space in order to conserve habitat for plants and animals. Although the intent is there, many CD s have not been successful in conserving plant and animal habitat within a development and in minimizing impacts on surrounding habitats ( Nilon et al., 1995; Lenth et al., 2006; Milder et al., 2008; Hostetler & Drake, 2009; Milder & Clark, 2011 ; Hostetler, 2012 ). Even if semi natural to natural open space is conserved, human activities during construction and after people purchase homes are often detrimental to native plants and animals (McElfish, 2004; NC State University, 2011; Hostetler & Drake, 2009; Ho stetler, 2010). For instance, the disturbances that occur during the process of constructing a neighborhood can facilitate the spread of invasive species through earthwork machine operations that introduce invasive plants or make the site attractive to inv asive plant establishment (Trombulak & Frissell, 2000). Even after a neighborhood has been built, homeowners could landscape with invasive exotic plants, and these plants would then spread to nearby open spaces and threaten native flora and fauna by outcom peting native plant species (Pimentel et al., 2001; Hostetler & Drake, 2009). Other homeowner behaviors that could interfere with conservation goals include excessive irrigation, excessive fertilization and pesticide use, and feeding wildlife (Hostetler, 2 010 ; Hostetler, 2012 ). In certain ecosystems where natural disturbances have been disrupted, management practices, such as prescribed burns, are essential to maintaining native plant communities (Hansen et al., 2005);


26 however, such practices are often miss ing in open spaces of CDs (Lenth et al., 2006). In one Colorado study, results demonstrated that, in terms of conserving biodiversity, CDs are no better than conventional subdivisions, perhaps due to the insufficient stewardship of both the built and conse rved areas (Lenth et al., 2006). In order to reverse this trend and enhance biodiversity, CDs need to have long term stewardship plans with steady sources of funding (Arendt, 1996; Pejchar et al., 2007; Hostetler & Drake, 2009; Hostetler, 2010; Hostetler et al., 2011; Reed et al., 2014). Long a property tax levied on each individual lot within a CD. These funds would be used to pay for management practices, such as prescribed burns, cont rol of invasive exotics, and also to hire environmental professionals that periodically educate and engage homeowners (Lenth et al., 2006; Hostetler & Drake, 2009). The extent of management practices in CDs is relatively unknown, yet these practices are im portant, with many of the impacts on open space stemming from the built areas ( Lenth et al., 2006; Hostetler et al., 2011). Despite the importance of management, very few CDs have implemented successful and lasting management practices. CD planning eff orts are primarily focused on the design phase of developments, neglecting the stewardship that needs to occur during and after construction (Hostetler & Drake, 2009 ; Hostetler, 2012 ). County/city planning strategies that encourage CD typically do not requ ire a robust management plan. For example, in most counties in the state of Florida, Land Development Regulations that stipulate the conservation of open space contained insufficient descriptions of management recommendations for both the built areas and t he


27 conserved open space (Wald & Hostetler, 2010). A broader study of 414 counties in the western U.S. revealed that only 2 8% of CD ordinances required a management plan and only 8% of the ordinances encouraged biological consultation (Reed et al., 2014). B iodiversity oriented regulations have also been shown to be uncommon in Seattle, Washington; Des Moines, Iowa; and the Research Triangle, North Carolina (Miller et al., 2009). Thus, CDs need to have management practices that address conservation issues wi thin built and conserved areas, but developers are reluctant to do so because such actions require funds and the adoption of novel practices (Hostetler & Drake, 2009; Hostetler, 2010). To help developers accept management alternatives for CDs, incentive ba sed policies are needed because conservation regulations are difficult to get passed in most cities and counties (Allen et al., 2012; Gmen, 2013; Reed et al., 2014). Incentives include financial rewards such as density bonuses and fast tracking permit ap plications (Arendt, 2009; Gmen, 2013; Reed et al., 2014). Such incentives can offset the financial burden placed on the developer to pay for conservation practices initially and can be used to implement long term funding solutions. Little research has b een conducted on what types of incentive based policies developers and landowners would be most willing to support. In particular, there is a need for research that pinpoints the most appealing policy incentives for developers and landowners to adopt alter native built environment designs and biodiversity conservation practices (Allen et al., 2012; Gmen, 2013), as well as mechanisms to manage the open space that include consultation with biologists (Reed et al., 2014). This research begins to address these


28 conservation practices, incentive based policies, and fund ing mechanisms for management. Effective policies regarding environmental management often depend on stakeholder participation (Walker e t al., 2002). Therefore, w e conducted a case study to learn about the opinions of stakeholders (namely, landowners and developers ) towards conservation practices and a policy scenario that could encourage the stewardship of CDs. As CD continues to be imple mented and promoted to protect plant and animal habitat, understanding the potential of policies that support a long term approach to managing CDs will become increasingly important. Methods Study site selection We studied CDs in Colorado due to the stat Hannum et al., 2012) and the availability of county development records via the CD Global Challenges Research Team (GCRT) at Colorado State University. We focused on four counties (Chaffee, Douglas, Larimer, and Routt) in north central Colorado due to increase in population between the years 2000 and 2010 (American FactFinder), almost double the 9.7% increase in the overall U.S. (U.S. Census Bu reau, 2011). We used county records to obtain the names of landowners and developers who had created CDs in north central Colorado. Then, we screened our sample to focus on CDs containing potential wildlife habitat by excluding CDs where the open space con sisted of exclusively row crops. We determined land use by using ArcGIS to inspect aerial photography, combining orthoimagery from the United States Department of


29 After i ndividual landowners and developers were contacted, we used a snowball sampling method (see Rossi et al., 2004) to increase the number of respondents by asking for contact information of similar developers or landowners that had built a CD in their area. Surveys We c reated a survey instrument (Appendix ) containing questions about (1) the property, (2) attitudes about conserving native plants and animals, (3) attitudes about adopting four conservation practices, (4) attitudes about adopting two funding mechanisms tha t would support conservation practices, and (5) whether the developers would adopt a specific incentive based policy. Questions about the property not only gave details about the land, but also distinguished the respondent as a landowner that had worked th e land previously versus a developer that had purchased the l and specifically to develop it. An open ended question al lowed developers to report multiple uses of the open space. Attitude questions contained Likert type answer choices (see Jamieson, 2004) on a scale from 1 to 5. Survey questions about attitudes towards conservation and about th e based on the theory of planned behavior (Ajzen, 1991). The goal was to get a sense of the subjective norms (perceived social pressure) regarding wildlife conservation on d eveloped lands. The combination of attitudes and subjective norms is a predictor of whether people will change their behaviors (Ajzen, 1991). We asked whether the developers would adopt four conservation practices: (1) landscaping around the homes with nat ive plants; (2) adding wildlife friendly language


30 interpretive signage to educate the homeowners about the conservation goals of the CD; and (4) having a long term management p lan that involves removing invasive exotic plants from the open spaces and planting natives. These practices were selected based on a review of the literature that suggested which actions would most benefit the long term conservation of biodiversity within CDs. Practices (1) and (4) were included in light of the threats to biodiversity posed by invasive plants in both the built and conserved areas (see Pimentel et al., 2001; Hansen et al., 2005; Hostetler & Drake, 2009). Milder & Clark (2011) emphasized the need for incorporating environmental CCRs in CD projects, leading us to include practice (2). Interpretive signage (practice 3) is an integral part of the stewardship process because even if homeowners intend to live sustainably, they often lack the neces sary knowledge about how to conserve biodiversity (Austin & Kaplan, 2003; Youngentob and Hostetler, 2005; Hostetler & Noiseux, 2010). For funding mechanisms, we asked developers to rate two options that would support long term management: (1) a portion of management (if the CD had an HOA) or (2) a small property tax. Monies collected for both funding mechanisms would pay for an environmental professional that would implement the management actions over time and maintai n any educational signage. The survey also asked developers to rate an incentive based policy scenario in which, if the developer agrees to all four conservation practices, as well as a funding mechanism, then the developer would receive a home density bon us. The proceeds from the extra homes would cover the costs of the conservation management and


31 provide additional profits for the developer. The density bonus was selected as a regionally relevant incentive for north central Colorado based on pre survey telephone interviews with planners in Boulder and Larimer counties. The objective of the pre survey interviews was to explore the planners future incentives for implementing and managing CDs. In June 2013, we pre tested the survey instrument by tel ephon e with developers in Boulder County. Participants reported that the survey questions were too complicated to hear over the phone, so we d ecided to use a visual format for the final survey. We administered the survey from July through November 2013 using a modified version of the tailored design method (Dillman et al., 2009). We called developers in Chaffee, Douglas, Larimer, and Routt count ies and asked if they would be willing to take the survey. Next, we offered them the choice to take the survey by mail, fax, or web, and we created identical versions of the survey for the three modes of distribution. For each developer who chose to take t he survey online, we asked for an email address and sent a customized link to take the survey via Qualtrics. For each developer who opted to take the survey by mail, we sent a hard copy along with a personalized letter and a self addressed, stamped envelop e. We obtained additional addresses from the White Pages online for developers who had not responded to phone calls, and we mailed hard copies to these developers. The end of the survey noted that we would follow up by phone with a few additional questions The survey sample consisted of 44 developers, of whom 25 (56.8%) responded to the survey; eighteen developers took the survey online, five responded by mail, and two responded by fax. Five developers answered phone calls but declined to participate


32 in the survey; four said that they were willing to participate but did not take the survey despite multiple reminders, and ten developers were unreachable despite multiple attempts. We conducted follow up in terviews with 17 survey respondents; the remaining eight respondents either were unreachable after returning the survey or expressed that they did not wish to be contacted again. Semi structured interviews After the written survey, we interviewed 17 survey re spondents by telephone for approximately 15 minutes each. The interviews focused on why or why not participants were comfortable with the proposed policy option, recommended practices, and funding mechanisms. We asked developers about other incentives, suc h as fast tracking permits. We also asked developers to elaborate on their survey responses regarding their opinions on native wildlife and the proposed conservation practices (e.g., if they had expressed opposition to a conservation practice, we asked why they were opposed to it). Data analysis For the Likert scale survey responses, we obtained median ratings on a scal e from 1 to 5. We also collapsed the responses into a 3 point scale (oppose, unsure, due to the small sample size to conservation practices, and funding mechanisms. We tested for differences between s (i.e., subjective norms) We also tested for differences in attitudes towards the four proposed conservation practices and, within


33 each practice, differences between landowners and developers. Finally, we tested for differences in attitudes regarding the two proposed funding mechanisms. We transcribed the interviews and used a modified version of convent ional content analysis (see Hsie h & Shannon, 2005) to organize the responses into categories representing emergent themes, such as support or opposition for each type of incentive, along with Results C haracteristics of survey respondents Of the 25 respondents, 13 had bought the land specifically to develop it, whereas 12 had already owned the land. On average, respondents had lived in Colorado for 45 years (ranging from 10 to 72 years), and they or thei r families had owned the land for 44 years (ranging from 2 to 114 years). Developers who had created more than one CD were asked to choose just one CD as the focus of their responses Characteristics of CDs Developers provided the numbers of homes that had been built and platted for 18 CDs (two pairs of respondents had worked together on the same CDs, while the remaining five respondents did not provide specific numbers of homes). The 18 CDs had an average of 38 lots where houses had been built (ranging from 0 to 500 built lots). On average, 133 lots had been originally platted (ranging from 2 to 800 platted lots). For five of the CDs, all of the platted homes have been built, whereas for the rest, construction was still underway or planned. Developers representing 19 CDs reported that 15 of the CDs (79%) had HOAs. An additional developer expressed the intention to create an HOA in the future, after more homes have been sold.


34 We found that for most of the CDs, the open space was owned by the developer (85%) and managed by the developer (63%). Less commonly, the open space was owned or managed by homeowners, a previous landowner, or a non profit group (Table 1). The most common use of the open space (for 46% of the CDs) was rangeland (Figure 1), with other developers reporting recreation (e.g., walking trails), wildlife conservation, or no uses at all. Even though wildlife conserva tion was not the primary goal in many of the CDs, 86% of respondents reported having seen native plants and animals in the open space, with commonly reported species including deer, elk, fox, and various birds and plants. Three of the developers described having wetland habitat in the open space. Opinions on conserving native p lants and animals Twenty one developers answered the questions about conserving native plants and animals. Most of these developers (76%) expressed that native wildlife was important to them an d 81% felt that native wildlife was important to other members of the community (i.e., homeowners), although about half (52%) were unsure of how other developers felt about native wildlife (Table 2). There was no difference between opinions ( P P = 0.0036). Similarly, their percept P = 0.0012). On the survey, half of the developers expressed concern about impacts on the open space from homeowner actions in the built spaces, while 45% were not concerned


35 and 5% had no opinion. In follow up interviews, three developers gave specific examples of negative behavior stemming from the built areas. These examples included homeowners treating the open space like a lawn (mowing grasses and c utting down trees), domestic cats killing birds, off leash dogs leaving droppings in the open space, and floodlights from homes shining into the open space. During the interviews, three developers traced their interest in wildlife to a desire to leave the tradition. All three of these developers had owned the land prior to subdividing it. One of w ith farming and ranching in the open s paces, while avoiding a new management plan for the built spaces Two of these developers expressed lea st concern ( Likert scale = 1) about the impacts of activities in the built spaces on conservation in the open spaces, and the third did not express an opinion. Two developers described native wildlife that they consider to be nuisances in the CDs. Both developers put prairie dogs in this category, with one expressing concern about horses breaking their legs in pra irie dog holes. The other developer listed rattlesnakes and coyotes as additional nuisances and felt that these species hurt the marketing of the neighborhood. One developer was not concerned about the impacts from the built areas, due to a belief that no one valued the open space (in this case a


36 Opinions on conservation practices T he developers tended to express moderate support for the proposed conservation practices, with an overall median rating of 4 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 representing strong opposition and 5 representing strong support. Attitudes varied for each of the fou r proposed practices (Figure 2), with significantly lower support for landscaping around the homes with natives, compared with each of the other practices (all P < 0.05). The median rating for native landscaping around the homes was a neutral 3, compared w ith a median of 4 for each of the other individual practices. There was also slightly lower support for environmental CCRs than for signage ( P = 0.048), although there was no difference in support between management and CCRs ( P = 0.076) or between manageme nt and signage ( P = 0.088). Developers who had previously owned the land were more supportive of CCRs than those who had purchased the land to develop it ( P = 0.037), with a median rating of 4.5 among the prior landowners and a median rating of 4 among the other developers. There were no differences between the two groups of respondents regarding their support for other three conservation practices (all P > 0.05). Opinions on incentive based policy scenario Seven developers supported the proposed scenario, four opposed it, and the remaining 14 did not express an opinion about it. In follow up interviews, two developers, both of whom had owned the land prior to subdividing it, attributed their hesitation to a lack of experience with the practices in the scen ario. Interviews also revealed some disagreement among developers about which incentive would be the most appealing. Four developers expressed interest in fast tracking, with one saying


37 that fast akes forever to get instead for a density bonus. Two developers specified that incentives depend on the context and on the brownfield neighborhoods (where land is scarce) and for senior communities (where homeowners are not looking for large lawns). Fast tracking on the other hand, can be attractive if the developer is on a tight schedule. Two developers explained that they opposed the policy on the basis that any government involvement in private land Opinions on funding mechanisms Developers were opposed to funding conservation through HOA dues and a property tax, wi th median ratings of 2.5 and 1, respectively, on a scale of 1 to 5, and two proposed funding mechanisms ( P = 0.081). Despite the higher median rating for HOA dues, tw o developers pointed out an advantage of the property tax: unlike HOA dues, a tax would be deductible automatically from homeowners. Another developer who opposed using HOA dues to fund conservation described this approach as a


38 buying homes in CDs. Discussion Characteristics of CDs and open space among the CDs, r anging from the wetland that o ne developer described as having ell as several species of native animals. An implication for management is that homeowners are typically more committed to environmental stewardship if they view the land as aesthetically pleasing and valued (Gobster et al., 2007; Nassauer, 2011). Therefore, the adop tion of conservation management practices seems more likely in the CDs where stakeholders view the open spaces as high quality natural areas The incomplete construction of many of the CDs (with the number of built homes averaging only half of the originally platted homes) has imp lications for the management of both the open spaces and the built spaces. As more homes are built, management of the open space has the potential to change. For example, one developer described plans to create an HOA once more homes have been sold. Althou gh we found that the open spaces in most of the CDs were managed by the developers, management could shift to an HOA over time, which would be consistent with Milder and Clark (2011), who found that the open space in most of the CDs in the United States wa s managed by HOAs. F urther as the neighborhoods become more built up and homeowners move in,


39 built areas impact the con servation goals of the open space. Opinions abo ut native plants and animals Only half of the developers were concerned about negative impacts from the built areas on the conservation of biodiversity in the open space contrary to the ecological realities of urban impacts from introduced invasive species, domestic pets, and other a nthropogenic phenomena (see Pimentel, 2001; Odell et al., 2003; Mc Elfish, 2004; Hostetler & Drake, 2009; Hostetler, 2010; Hostetler et al., 2011 ; Hostetler, 2012 ). These same developers who advocated traditional management were not concerned about the impacts of built areas on the native plant and animal communities in conserved areas. T herefore, workshops need to inform developers of the threats to biodiversity that can stem from household activities, such as planting invasive exotics and letting pets roam free. If the developers had a better understanding of the footprint of these activ ities on the ecological integrity of the open space, they might be more supportive of the proposed management plan. In a few cases, developers were not interested in conserving wildlife in the open space. The two developers who mentioned prairie dogs raise d a concern that seems relevant to other landowners who similarly intend to have horses in the open space, but less so to homeowners who do not own horses. Also, the perspective of one developer ewardship has become the norm in that CD. Conversely, if habitat is aesthetically pleasing and appears well making stewardship the norm (Nassauer, 2011). However, some types of aesthetically


40 pleasing landscaping, such as turf grass lawns, do not serve as healthy ecosystems providing a range of ecosystem services (Gobster et al., 2007). Developers seeking to increase stewardship among homeowners could do so by balancing aesthetics and ecology through maintainin g open spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and native species rich. One way to do this is to landscaped or mowed areas (Hostetler 2012). Responses to the subjective norm questions suggest that the developers perceive social pressure regarding wildlife conservation coming from members of the community (i.e., homeowne perceptions of homeowner practices. Their support might be even greater if they also perceived support for conservation as a social norm among other landowners and developers. The developers seemed to underestimate their peers a need for workshops where prospective developers would learn from other developers who have successfully adopted the CD practices. Conservation practices In terms of conserving native plants in CDs, actions that i nvolve managing open space seem more supported by developers than requiring native landscaping around homes, as developers seem resistant to regulating how homeowners manage their individual lots. Building on the conclusion by Reed et al. (2014) that most CDs lack


41 management plan that involves removing invasive exotics from the open space and replacing them with natives. Biological consultation would play an importa nt role in this process, as biologists would periodically visit the neighborhoods to identify and help manage the native and invasive species. However, the built space also has to be designed and managed to li mit impacts on the open space and to increase stewardship of the property. One technique that developers can use to encourage native landscaping in yards is to create a native plant nurser y that sells native species to homeowners. A neighborhood in Larimer County has used this technique both to make native plants readily available to homeowners and to raise funds for ongoing management (J. Tolstrup, personal communication, March 5, 2013; http://suburbitat.org/native plant nursery sustainable stormwater demo area/ ). The overall higher support for environmental CCRs among developers who had previously intention of developing it were opposed to CCRs and seemed to hold broader anti regulation vie ws. For instance, one developer who did not wish to impose environmental environmenta l regulations between the two groups of developers are consistent with Smith and Krannich (2000), who found that long term landowners were more concerned than newcomers regarding the environmental impacts of population growth and development in the western U.S. Thus, it may be more difficult for policy makers to


42 previously own the land. Incentive based policies Previous studies have highlighted the need for pinpointing appropriate ince ntives that would motivate developers to adopt conservation practices (Allen et al., 2012; Gmen, 2013), and our results move a step closer towards this need by demonstrating support for both density bonuses (seven developers expressed support on the surv ey) and fast tracking permits (four developers expressed support in interviews). The variety of opinions among developers suggests that offering a choice of incentives would be either a density bonus or a faster permit approval (see Arendt, 2009) and let each developer choose one, priorities. Also, an incentive might be seen as more attra ctive if it is not already available in a given county. For instance Larimer County already offers density bonuses so fast tracking might be used to encourage additional conservation practices, complement ing the existing incentive of density bonuses. The anti regulation sentiments that some developers expressed unde rscore the importance that CD policies remain incentive based, as opposed to regulatory. Funding mechanisms Funding mechanisms for management seem to be the greatest challenge in moving forward with a policy to manage biodiversity in CDs, as developers wer e resistant in this. Both the property tax and HOA dues could make CDs more expensive for homeowners and, as one developer pointed out, the added expense could


43 discourage homeowners from moving to CDs. However, this perspective contradicts the evidence tha t homeowners are often willing to pay for conservation: they view open space as an amenity (Geoghegan, 2002) and will pay more to live in a CD than in a conventional development (Mohamed, 2006; Bowman et al., 2012; Hannum et al., 2012). By the same token, a well managed open space could benefit the marketing of a neighborhood and boost property values. suggests that they were not aware that homeowners are willing to pay more for conse rvation. Previous research by Bowman and Thompson (2009) found that perceptions of demand on past experiences with conventional development procedures. Similarly, in our study, d homeowners for ongoing conservation through HOA dues or a property tax) by CD. Also, f uture research could conduct cost benefit analyses to determine whether the increased profits from well managed CDs exceed the expense s of management. If so, the results might convince more developers to adopt the proposed management practices. Conclusions Our findings indicate that developers of CDs in several Colorado counties potentially are interested in conserving native a nimal and plant communities and would b e willing to adopt biodiversity management practices, given the appropriate incentives


44 and long term funding mechanisms. The broader implication is that incentive based policies that address management can be effective tools for maximizing biodiversity in CDs in conjunction with design. Further research should explore the policy options for managing biodiversity in other geographic regions and should take into account the perspectives of other stakeholders, such as homeowners (e.g., their willingness to pay conservation fees to an HOA; their willingness to landscape yards with native species). Additional research could look for an alternative funding mechanism that is more appealing to developers than the mechanisms proposed in this study, while also maintai ning the support of policy makers. In addition to the idea of offering different incentives and allowing developers to choose, we suggest having two types of workshops where planners and environmental professionals would collaborate with local landowners t o educate prospective developers about conservation practices and policy options. The audience for the workshops would be segmented according to the type of developer: one type of workshop would target long term landowners who wish to subdivide their prope rty, and the other type would be aimed at professional developers. The workshop for prior landowners could focus on familiarizing them with the novel conservation practices and policy options, as well as educating them about the impacts of built areas on n earby conserved areas, whereas the workshop for professional developers could focus on the importance of creating environmental CCRs for maintaining the habitat quality in the open space. We also recommend establishing several model CDs that have adopted n ovel management approaches of the open and built space (e.g., interpretive signage), so that prospective developers can visualize CD that has adopted innovative


45 approaches. Previous studies have called for enga ging and educating stakeholders policy mak ers, developers, and homeowners about biodiversity conservation in CDs (see Stokes et al., 2009; Hostetler et al., 2011; Reed et al., 2014). This study and others (e.g., Bowman & Thompson, 2009) suggest that developers resist adopting novel development practic es due to a lack of familiarity; education is needed in order to overcome this inertia barrier. The combination of workshops and model CDs would help to address this need.


46 Table 2 1. Ownership and management of the open space in 18 CDs in Colorado, a s reported by developers, in terms of the number and percentage of owners and managers. Stakeholder type Owners Owners (%) Managers Managers (%) Developer 17 85 12 63 Homeowner 1 5 3 16 Previous Landowner 1 5 1 5 Non Profit Group 1 5 3 16 Table 2 2. The percentages of 21 developers in Colorado who rated native wildlife conservation as important, unimportant, or neither, along with these of the community. View of native wildli fe (%) Important 76 48 80 Unimportant 10 0 10 No Opinion 14 52 10


47 Figure 2 1 CDs, as reported by the developers. Figure 2 2 to 21 developers of CDs in Colorado.


48 APPENDIX SURVEY QUESTIONS Q 1 Did you purchase the land specifically to develop it? If not, then how many years did you or your extended family own the land before you decided to subdivide the land? Q 2 How many acres of land are set aside as conserved open space? Q 3 What is the purpose of the conserved open space and what are the main activities on the conserved open space? Q 4 Who owns the conserved open space? Q 5 Who manages the conserved open space? Q 6 To the best of your knowledge, does the open space within the development contain any native plants and animals? If so, what species have you seen? Q 7 Q 8 How many individual lots have been built, and how many were pla tted? Q 1 It is important to me that the open spaces within my development contain native plants and animals. Strongly Disagree Somewhat Disagree Neither Disagree nor Agree Som ewhat Agree Strongly Agree The following questions are about the conservation development and the property itself. Pleas e write your responses in the space below each question. The following statements have to do with how you feel about different aspects of conserving native plants and animals within or near a development. Native plants and animals are defined as those spe cies that have not been introduced by humans and have historically been found in Colorado before modern humans arrived. After each statement, please check the box that best describes how you feel.


49 Q 2 I am concerned about how the built spaces and homeowner actions will negatively impact native plants and animals in the conserved open spaces. Strongly Disagree Somewha t Disagree Neither Disagree nor Agree Somewhat Agree Strongly Agree Q 3 I believe other developers and landowners would like the open spaces within their developments to contain native plants and an imals. Strongly Disagree Somewhat Disagree Neither Disagree nor Agree Somewhat Agree Strongly Agree Q 4 I feel that my friends and my local community value con servation developments that retain or restore native plant and animal communities. Strongly Disagree Somewhat Disagree Neither Disagree nor Agree Somewhat Agree Strongly Agree Q 1 The first practice is to landscape 50% of the area within 30 feet of homes using native plants in order to provide wildlife habitat. I will briefly describe four conservation practices that can help to conserve native plant and animal species. After each practice, please select the response that best reflects your opinion of adopting that practice.


50 Strongly Oppose Somewhat Oppose Neither Opp ose nor Support Somewhat Support Strongly Support Q 2 restrictions (CC&Rs) to include wildlife friendly practices, such as keeping pets on leas hes. Strongly Oppose Somewhat Oppose Neither Oppose nor Support Somewhat Support Strongly Support Q 3 The third practice is to install several educational signs in common areas to engage residents about conservation goals. Strongly Oppose Somewhat Oppose Neither Oppose nor Support Somewhat Support Strongly Support Q 4 The fourth practice is to develop a management plan in the open space that potentially includes methods to control invasive exotic plants and to plant some native vegetation to support wildlife. Strongly Oppose Somewha t Oppose Neither Oppose nor Support


51 Somewhat Support Strongly Support Q 1 I will list two mechanisms that could provide long term funding for the four conservation practices mentioned previously. Such funds could be used to maintain educational signs, plant native vegetation, and monitor the status of local plant and animal communities. Below each mechanism, please select the response that best describes how you feel about that mechanism. Mechani sm #1 : If applicable, a portion of the HOA dues would be set aside to hire an environmental professional to manage the development through yearly visits. Strongly Oppose Somewhat Oppose Neither Oppo se nor Support Somewhat Support Strongly Support Mechanism #2 : A small property tax assessment would be attached to each lot and the funds would be collected by the county and made available to the subdivision for hir ing the environmental consultant (one way to do this would be placing the open space under a special planning district such as a Public Improvement District). Strongly Oppose Somewhat Oppose Neither Oppose nor Support Somewhat Support Strongly Support The following questions ask for your opinions about funding mechanisms, as well as an incentive based policy scenario that would encourage conservation practices.


52 Q 2 Scenario: If a developer agrees to all four conservation practices (again, those would be native landscaping environmental CC&Rs educational signage and a m anagement plan) as well as a long term funding mechanism then a density bonus would be awarded. The density bonus would cover the costs of the conservation practices and would provide additional profits for the developer. For this scenario, please check the box that best describes your opinion: Strongly Unsupportive Mildly Unsupportive Neither Unsupportive nor Supportive Mildly Supportive Strongly Supportive Q 1 How long have you lived in Colorado? Q 2 What is your main occupation? Q 3 Is there another person that had a financial stake in this development that we could contact and ask these questions? Q 4 Do you know of any other landowner or developer in the area that is contemplating or is in the process of subdividing their land? Could you provide a contact number? Do you have any further comments or questions? Would you like me to send you more information about the survey or future results? The next few questions are the final questions.


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64 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Daniel Feinberg was born and raised in B altimore, MD, where he attended Friends School of Baltimore and became curious about urban ecological issues. In 2010, h e gained research experience through the Semester in Environmental Science at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, and in 2012, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY In 2014, he earned a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, with an emphasis on Human Dimensions, from the University of Florida. During his time in Gainesville he also volunteered at the Alachua County Humane Society and performed original music. His future interests include pursuing doctoral studies and promoting biodiversity in urban areas through research, education, and outreach.