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Tuesday, February 7 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Symposia Session - S5: Playa Wetland Ecology. Trade-offs in Ecosystem Services: Hunter Use and Landowner Perceptions of Wetlands in an Agrarian Landscape

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AUTHORS: Joseph J. Fontaine, U.S. Geological Survey Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Lindsey Messinger, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Michelle Lute, WildEarth Guardians; Caitlyn Gillespie, Klamath Bird Observatory; Dustin R. Martin, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; Kent Fricke, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism

ABSTRACT: Trade-offs are inherent among the services an ecosystem can provide, and in some cases they may be extreme.  Conflicts between those interested in potentially disparate services provided by an ecosystem underlie many of the challenges natural resource managers face, but so too do misconceptions about how different user groups perceive and take advantage of those services.  If managers are expected to balance among competing interests they must understand how different users value the services provided.  In the Great Plains wetlands are renowned for improving water quality, erosion control, wildlife diversity and recreational opportunity; however, wetlands also act to limit other services, most notably arable land.  Here we explore the use and perception of the services provided by wetland ecosystems from the perspective of two user groups presumed to be in conflict: public land hunters and stewards of private land production agriculture.  In doing so we hope to provide managers with information and a basic framework for balancing the cultural resources provided through outdoor recreation with the provisioning resources provided by agriculture across an intensively management landscape. 

Tuesday February 7, 2017 2:20pm - 2:40pm CST
Yankee Hill I/II