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Values of Consumptive Outdoor-Recreation Participants

Nicholas W Cole, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Consumptive outdoor-recreational activities, representative of the various forms of recreational hunting and fishing, are heterogenous systems of leisure that millions of people participate in around the world. Further, animal conservation is fundamentally intertwined with consumptive outdoor recreation through funding generation, population control, and human diet supplementation. Monetizing the protection and use of natural resources within the ecosystem-services framework has been suggested as a functional approach for assessing tradeoffs in policy decisions that are imperative to maintaining stable social-ecological interactions within consumptive outdoor recreation. Though this approach allows for increased comparability and understanding of tradeoffs between policy decisions that emphasize specific ecosystem service benefits over others, the inherent heterogeneity of consumptive outdoor recreation participants introduces uncertainty. Describing the heterogeneity of consumptive outdoor recreational participants may ameliorate such uncertainty by identifying commonalities among segments of participants that better represent expected outcomes under different policy regimes. Herein, we draw from multi-disciplinary theory and techniques to assess heterogeneity among participants in recreational angling within the state of Nebraska and to monetize the value of recreational sportfish catch within an ecosystem services framework. In the process of assessing angler heterogeneity, w evaluate the normative state of scientific theory used to describe sportspersons preferences, perceptions, and involvement across consumptive outdoor recreational activities and suggest novel changes within the context of the recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3). This dissertation is aimed as a descriptive and prescriptive explanation of how participant heterogeneity could influence conservation policy-decisions given our current understanding of how ecosystem services are valued, animals as resources are exploited, and conservation funding is generated into the future.

Subject Area

Ecology|Natural Resource Management|Aquatic sciences|Recreation

Recommended Citation

Cole, Nicholas W, "Values of Consumptive Outdoor-Recreation Participants" (2018). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI13419272.