The Envision the Susquehanna Core Team, in partnership with researchers from Bucknell University and Lycoming College, completed a community engagement campaign to gauge the “Conservation Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors of residents living along the Susquehanna River Corridor.” The three phases of the research process—informant interviews, strategic plan analysis, and phone survey—work together to provide a picture of community needs and perceptions.
The reports provide overviews of the assets, attitudes, challenges, and opportunities associated with and for land conservation throughout the selected river counties. Data collection was carried out in 19 of the 22 counties that are contiguous to the Susquehanna River in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Phase I of the research project consisted of interviews with 62 key informants with expertise about land use and land conservation in the study area. Phase II of the research process involved the statistical analysis of 36 open space, greenway, and comprehensive plans of the study area. Phase III completes the multiple methods research project with a phone survey of a random sample of residents in the selected counties. These counties have been used throughout the three waves of research as the primary study area for Envision the Susquehanna.
Linking together these three data sources – from land conservation experts, planning departments and local government leaders, and residents – provides a dynamic and comprehensive overview of land conservation attitudes, values, and behaviors within the river corridor. This information and input from practitioners will help identify conservation solutions that are community supported and have lasting impacts across the watershed.
For more information, see additional resources below:
ETS Community Engagement Analysis Full report including survey results