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Loerzel, J., L. Knapp, and M. Gorstein. 2017. Gauging the Social Values of Ecosystem Services in the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 243. Silver Spring, MD. 79 pp. https://doi.org/10.7289/V5/TM-NOS-NCCOS-243

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NOAA Technical Memorandum


This report presents the findings of a survey initiative conducted to gauge the social values of ecosystem services of the visitors, seasonal residents, and permanent residents of the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve). In order to gauge the perceived values of ecosystem services user groups hold for the site, a survey instrument was designed in collaboration with the management staff of the Reserve to analyze the knowledge, attitudes, and preferences of respondents. Components of the survey instrument addressed a range of topics such as observed changes in abundance for key Reserve wildlife and prioritization of management goals, among others. A participatory mapping component was included on the survey instrument during which respondents allocated weights to any of the 13 social value types and placed points on a map corresponding with those values. Place attachment for the Reserve was determined by analyzing the relationship between the distances respondents reside from the Reserve and their level or agreement for a set of seven prompts related to place attachment. The findings of this report indicate that management efforts based on preserving, conserving, or improving the resource conditions of the Reserve would be supported by the respondents of this survey.

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