What best explains the willingness of private residents to plant pollinator beneficial plants: lifestyle, the luxury effect, or population density?

Authors: Jessica Stoyko*, Miami University, Zoey Scancarello, Miami University, Amélie Y. Davis, Miami University Department of Geography
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Land Use and Land Cover Change, Natural Resources
Keywords: Peri-urban, urbanization gradient, human-environment interactions, land cover change, pollinators, pollinator plants.
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 26
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Pollinators have been declining for decades due to habitat loss, pesticide exposure, and other factors. Private residents may play an important role in slowing this decline if they are willing to add beneficial plants to available greenspace on their property. However, we do not know how specific plant species are perceived by private residents, or what drives their yard management decisions. We do not know whether or not residents are willing to plant specific pollinator beneficial plants, in what quantities they might be willing to add these plants and if this willingness changes across a range of urbanization as well as income, parcel size, and existing land cover on the properties. We dropped off 200 surveys to a stratified random selection of residents of Darke and Miami counties in Ohio (U.S.A.). We limited our sample to parcels between zero and 30 acres and selected from along two strata: parcel value as a proxy for income, and parcel size as a proxy for density. We asked residents about their lawn management preferences. Response rate was 57%. We hypothesize that willingness to plant will be most explained by lifestyle, followed by income. Additionally, residents living on larger parcels will be more willing to plant pollinator beneficial plants, and willing to convert more surface area to these plants.

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