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Monday, November 2 • 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Assessing the Economic Value of Tundra Swans in Eastern North Carolina

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Kristin Frew, North Carolina State University; M. Nils Peterson, North Carolina State University; Joe Fuller, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission; Erin Sills, North Carolina State University; Chris Moorman, North Carolina State University

North Carolina provides wintering habitat for 60-70% of the eastern population of tundra swans (Cygnus columbianus). Proposed land use changes in the region (e.g., wind farm development) may impact tundra swans, and information regarding the value of tundra swans is needed to guide conservation planning. We addressed this need by determining the market and non-market value of tundra swans in North Carolina. We surveyed tourists at USFWS national wildlife refuges (NWR) in eastern North Carolina (n = 350), tundra swan hunters (n = 1,485), and North Carolina residents (n = 413). We used the Impact Analysis for Planning (IMPLAN) model to estimate tourist and hunter impacts on the regional economy. Annual value added for winter season tourists at one wildlife refuge (Mattamuskeet NWR) totaled $1.63 million ($136/tourist) and swan hunter impacts totaled $1.03 million ($205/ hunter) (2013 USD). We used contingent valuation methods (dichotomous choice with a follow-up bid) to estimate non-market value of tundra swans and compared groups using ANOVA. The average annual willingness to pay (WTP) for North Carolina residents ($14.22) was approximately half that of tundra swan hunters ($25.9) and tourists ($27.63). Importance of tundra swan conservation was greater for tourists (xˉ=3.60) than for hunters (xˉ=2.71) and residents (xˉ=2.69; F=140, p

Monday November 2, 2015 1:40pm - 2:00pm EST
Ballroom Salon B

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