Preferences for wetlands management in southern California

Brittany Marie White, University of Rhode Island


Three wetland sites in southern California provided opportunities to survey the public, to better understand preference for protecting wetlands and coastal infrastructures, while considering sea-level rise. Results from 240 surveys suggested the public would support extending nature reserve boundaries (86% of respondents) and the purchase of private lands near wetlands (80% of respondents) to allow for possible wetlands migration and extension in future years. Highly educated respondents conveyed protecting wetlands was more important than stabilizing private homes from sea-level rise. My sampled population comprised of mostly respondents over the age of 50, and these respondents consistently provided the strongest opinions against coastal development. Respondents supported a general wetlands-protection policy, and even proactive management mechanisms, however gender responses were different with males less likely to relocate their personal home (37%) to support a wetlands policy when compared to females (51%). Quantifying public values and attitudes is useful for informing development of measures to counter the expected sea-level rise.

Subject Area

Management|Land Use Planning|Water Resource Management|Environmental science

Recommended Citation

Brittany Marie White, "Preferences for wetlands management in southern California" (2011). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI1491282.