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Wednesday, January 31 • 9:20am - 9:40am
CONSERVATION COLLABORATION & GENERAL WILDLIFE: The Urban-Rural Divide in Fish & Wildlife Conservation Funding

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AUTHORS. Kofi Nkansah, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT. As Wisconsin continues to explore ways to fund wildlife and fish conservation in the future, we conducted a household survey that sought respondents’ opinions on various funding options (2000 households with 35% response rate). Options included (1) a reduction in operating cost for wildlife and fish management and (2) increases in revenue (license fee increases; requiring all residents to pay something). Residents’ willingness to pay a premium for fish and wildlife conservation is inherently tied to the future sustainability of any funding option that seeks to increase revenues. Using a logistic regression model, this paper assessed Wisconsin households’ preferences for future funding options and factors that explained their choices.  Anglers and hunters, as well as those who agreed that access to the state’s fish and wildlife properties should be free, were more likely to choose the option that required a decrease in fish and wildlife management operating costs. Urban area residents and respondents who expressed interest in fish and wildlife were less likely to choose a decrease in fish and wildlife management operating cost. The percentage of hunters and anglers who indicated they would stop buying hunting and fishing licenses in the subsequent year as a result of a 25% increase in license prices was higher in rural areas (32.4% hunters and 22.9% anglers) compared to urban areas (26.1% hunters and 15.8% anglers). Based on these anticipated dropout rates, losses in net revenue associated with potential protest to a licenses fee increase is more pronounced in rural areas than in urban areas; approximately 88.6% of the loss in revenue for the subsequent year would emanate from rural area households.

Wednesday January 31, 2018 9:20am - 9:40am CST