Caring for place : factors influencing property management approaches among shoreline landowners on Kootenay Lake, BC
Batycki, Candace Christine
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Subjectfreshwater; lakeshore; sense of place; shoreline development; shoreline landowner; social marketing
Residential development on freshwater lakeshores can negatively impact water quality and biodiversity. On Kootenay Lake in southeastern British Columbia, shoreline properties are increasingly being managed in ways that may contribute to loss of biodiversity, including through activities such as beach grooming and the construction of rock jetties and retaining walls. For this mixed-method case study 24 residential shoreline landowners on Kootenay Lake were interviewed, most at their properties, to explore the factors influencing how they manage their properties. Analysis was conducted using grounded theory. Assumptions tested included correlations among sense of place, ecological knowledge, residential seasonality, personal history at the property, and both reported and observed property management practices. Additional factors identified included age, gender, profession, and motorized activities. The data shows high place attachment and satisfaction, and relatively low understanding of shore zone ecosystem dynamics. Recommendations are made for targeted landowner education and social marketing, governance and regulation.
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