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Web URL(s):http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016920460500112X
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Author(s):Helfand, Gloria E.; Park, Joon Sik; Nassauer, Joan I.; Kosek, Sandra
Author Affiliation:Helfand: Associate Professor of Environmental Economics; Park: Ph.D. Student; Nassauer: Professor of Landscape Architecture; Kosek: Ph.D. and School of Natural Resources and Environment, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Title:The economics of native plants in residential landscape designs
Source:Landscape and Urban Planning. Vol. 78, No. 3, November 9 2006, p. 229-240.
# of Pages:12
Publishing Information:Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Cost efficiency; Environmental management; Evaluations; Habitat conservation; Land surveys; Landscape design; Lawn turf; Native grasses; Perceptions; Surface runoff; Water quality
Abstract/Contents:"Yard-scale landscape designs can influence environmental quality through effects on habitat, stormwater runoff, and water quality. Native plant gardens may have ecological benefits, and previous research has shown that yards using these plants can be designed in ways that people find attractive. This study examines whether people are willing to pay more for more ecologically benign designs than for a lawn. A contingent choice survey was conducted in southeast Michigan in which people were presented with four different yard designs (three of which included native plants) in three different settings, with different monthly maintenance costs for each design. Respondents were asked to rank their choices of the yards while considering the maintenance costs they were presented. Results suggest that people are willing to pay more for well-designed yards including native plants than for lawns, and that their increased willingness to pay exceeds any increase in costs associated with the native plantings. These results should encourage homeowners, landscape designers, and the landscape plant industry to work with native plants. In this study, people were willing to pay more for designs that present gains for the environment, without government intervention and without social cost."
Geographic Terms:Southeast Michigan
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Helfand, G. E., J. S. Park, J. I. Nassauer, and S. Kosek. 2006. The economics of native plants in residential landscape designs. Landscape Urban Plan. 78(3):p. 229-240.
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DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2005.08.001
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