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Environmental Studies Undergraduate Student Thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2020.
The Eastern Saline Wetlands of Nebraska can be found in both Lancaster and Saunders counties in Eastern Nebraska. Due to the wetlands’ important services in the areas of recreation, wildlife habitat, and flood control, it is necessary to know the extent to which these services are valued and used by residents of Lincoln . Past research completed in 2015 by the Lower Platte South NRD observed public opinions toward wetland restoration and preservation, finding that 46% of the public strongly support it, 35% mildly support it and 16% do not support it (Saline Wetlands Conservation Partnership, 2006). This past study was focused on land use and management; this study will instead relate ecological perspectives and their ability to be affected by wetland visitations. Finding the ecological perspective of the survey respondents is important, as this will then be related to their tendency to visit wetlands This study is oriented around a survey containing an ecological value analysis known as the New Ecological Paradigm (NEP). Participants will complete the survey that is designed to measure their overall value of the environment and the ecosystem services that the Eastern Saline Wetlands provide. This survey will give the respondent’s ecological view and familiarity with Saline Wetland areas. Looking at the demographic of people who visit the Saline Wetlands is intended to find a general wetland appreciation consensus. This consensus pertains to the people of which the Saline Wetlands are most accessible to. This research provides useful information on the way in which Lincoln residents value the Eastern Saline Wetlands. Understanding participants’ environmental perspective through the use of the New Ecological Paradigm can help explain current opinions on wetland management and conservation and be beneficial in protecting and preserving the Saline Wetlands for future public use.