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Zuma Creek Restoration Social Impacts Monitoring Project

This research project seeks to understand the attitudes, behaviors, satisfaction, ecological knowledge, and perceptions of local residents and visitors as they relate to Zuma Beach State Park, Malibu, CA. The particular focus of the research is a recent coastal project at the park, which restored wetland, riparian, and upland habitats. This data is being collected in order to quantify the social benefits of the Zuma Beach work (and such restoration projects in general) and is considered a pilot effort. It is supported by Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE). While much research has been conducted to understand the benefits of habitat restoration to ecological systems, it is ultimately the social system that supports or opposes the use of taxpayer money to implement these (often) costly projects. In addition, the impetus for restoration, as well as how the restoration succeeds in the long term, is highly correlated to the behavior of people.
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Project Information:
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  • Location
  • Zuma Beach, Malibu, California
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  • Date
  • June 2008 - May 2009
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  • Lead coordinator
  • Benjamin Poole
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