Visitor values and local economic impacts of riparian habitat preservation: California's kern river preserve

Bonnie Colby, Elizabeth Smith-Incer

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Abstract

Preservation of the few remaining ecologically vital riparian areas in the southwestern United States is a significant policy concern. This article reports on two economic aspects of preserving a nationally renowned riparian birding area in Southern California. First, the article examines visitor willingness to pay (WTP) for habitat restoration and estimates an annual WTP of US$77 per visitor to preserve the habitat, about a half-million dollars a year for estimated visitor numbers in 2000 and 2001. Second, it documents visitor expenditures in the local economy to be approximately three-quarters of a million dollars per year. This direct visitor spending attributable to the riparian habitat generates around US$1.3 million in increased local business activity in this relatively remote rural area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number03085
Pages (from-to)709-717
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Water Resources Association
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005

Keywords

  • Birding
  • Economics
  • Expenditures
  • Recreation
  • Water allocation
  • Willingness to pay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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