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Science communication and vernal pool conservation: A study of local decision maker attitudes in a knowledge-action system.
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PMID:  22115505     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
In this study, we describe local decision maker attitudes towards vernal pools to inform science communication and enhance vernal pool conservation efforts. We conducted interviews with town planning board and conservation commission members (n = 9) from two towns in the State of Maine in the northeastern United States. We then mailed a questionnaire to a stratified random sample of planning board members in August and September 2007 with a response rate of 48.4% (n = 320). The majority of survey respondents favored the protection and conservation of vernal pools in their towns. Decision makers were familiar with the term "vernal pool" and demonstrated positive attitudes to vernal pools in general. General appreciation and willingness to conserve vernal pools predicted support for the 2006 revisions to the Natural Resource Protection Act regulating Significant Vernal Pools. However, 48% of respondents were unaware of this law and neither prior knowledge of the law nor workshop attendance predicted support for the vernal pool law. Further, concerns about private property rights and development restrictions predicted disagreement with the vernal pool law. We conclude that science communication must rely on specific frames of reference, be sensitive to cultural values, and occur in an iterative system to link knowledge and action in support of vernal pool conservation.
Bridie McGreavy; Thomas Webler; Aram J K Calhoun
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-10-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental management     Volume:  95     ISSN:  1095-8630     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Environ. Manage.     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401664     Medline TA:  J Environ Manage     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Antioch University New England, 40 Avon Street, Keene, NH 03431, United States.
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