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This project examines the conservation practices of farmers in two Florida watersheds, the Middle Suwannee River and the Everglades Agricultural Area. Suwannee River policies encourage voluntary best management practices, while the Everglades requires all farms to implement BMP. A particular emphasis of the project is the development and role of trust in facilitating cooperation.
The research involves over 30 years of interview, survey, and testimony data concerning the views of policy participants involved in water quality management in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The project aims to understand belief change over time in the Basin about the seriousness of problems, the perceptions of causes of water quality decline, and policy alternatives.
The Marine Life Project Act Project (MLPA Project) is an on-going study of the Marine Life Protection Act process in California. It seeks to understand the factors that affect stakeholder satisfaction and to conduct a detailed analysis of how attitudes about Marine Protected Areas change over time.
This project seeks to understand changes in beliefs and perceptions regarding the San Francisco Bay/Delta water policy since the 1950s. It involves surveys in 1984, 1992, and 1997, as well as content analysis of over 40 years of testimony at legislative and administrative hearings.
This project originally focused on the NFMA planning in 40 National Forest Regions 1 through 6 in the 1980s with a particular emphasis on how attitudes of Forest Service officials and pressure from interests groups shape forest management. Recently, the focus has switched to perceptions of fuel management.
The primary goal of the Watershed Partnerships Project (WPP) is to understand the factors affecting the ability of partnerships to resolve resource management controversies within the watershed and then to implement those decisions through restoration projects or other means. It presently involves about 80 partnerships in California and Washington.