Examining Private Landowners’ Knowledge Systems for an Invasive Species

Authors
Santo, Anna R.; Guillozet, Kathleen; Sorice, Michael G.; Baird, Timothy D.; Gray, Steven; Donlan, C. Josh; Anderson, Christopher Brian
Publication Year
2017
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
Shared ecological knowledge about the impacts of biological invasions can facilitate the collective action necessary to achieve desired management outcomes. Since its introduction to an island archipelago in South America, the North American beaver has caused major changes to the ecosystem. We examined landowners’ mental models of how beavers impact ecosystem services in riparian areas to understand the potential to implement a large-scale eradication program. We used ethnographic interviews to characterize individual landowners’ perceptions about beaver-caused changes to ecosystems and landowners’ wellbeing, and examined the degree to which they are shared. While the eradication initiative focuses on ecosystem integrity, landowners considered impacts on provisioning services to be most salient. Landowners did not have a highly shared causal model of beaver impacts, which indicates a diverse knowledge system. This lack of consensus on how beavers impact riparian areas provides some optimism for garnering support for eradication, and also offers insights into challenges with mental modeling methodologies.
Fil: Santo, Anna R.. Virginia Tech University; Estados Unidos
Fil: Guillozet, Kathleen. Virginia Tech University; Estados Unidos
Fil: Sorice, Michael G.. Virginia Tech University; Estados Unidos
Fil: Baird, Timothy D.. Virginia Tech University; Estados Unidos
Fil: Gray, Steven. Michigan State University; Estados Unidos
Fil: Donlan, C. Josh. Ong Advanced Conservation Strategies; Estados Unidos
Fil: Anderson, Christopher Brian. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas; Argentina
Subject
CONCEPT MAPPING
LOCAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE
MENTAL MODELS
NETWORK ANALYSIS
NORTH AMERICAN BEAVER (CASTOR CANADENSIS)
PRIVATE LANDS
TIERRA DEL FUEGO
Otras Ciencias Sociales
Otras Ciencias Sociales
CIENCIAS SOCIALES
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/64026