Puget Sound Cultural and Recreational Links to Ecosystems

Ranier J Ashworth4Kai, Mollie and Sarah worked with Ecotrust to report on cultural and recreational values tied to Puget Sound’s ecosystems. Their report includes an estimate of the economic value of coastal recreation to Puget Sound residents and how this value varies across space. They used interviews to better understand what sense of place and landscape-related aesthetic values mean to different residents. The report estimates public willingness to pay for environmental protection through agricultural riparian buffers and interviews with farmers regarding their attitudes towards the controversial issue in Snohomish County. The report can be downloaded here.