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Data collected in 2012 using Q-methodology to identify the importance of water-based ecosystem services derived from the Shoshone National Forest

Publication Year: 
2017
Author: Armatas, Christopher A.; Venn, Tyron J.; Watson, Alan E.

This data publication contains the results of a 2012 study of the preferences of 96 stakeholders (e.g., farmers, ranchers, outfitters and guides, average citizens, natural resource managers and scientists, county commissioners) from Wyoming and Montana for 34 water-based ecosystem services. The ecosystem services were identified through literature review, focus groups, and pilot tests, and the list of services was considered to be a representation of the full range of water-based ecosystem services derived from the Shoshone National Forest in northwest Wyoming. Data include: (1) demographic data from each stakeholder (e.g., gender, age, education); (2) importance assigned to 34 water-based ecosystem services on a scale from ‘most important’ to ‘most unimportant’ and; (3) perceptions (i.e., qualitative data from short interviews) about the potential impact of various drivers on the flow of their two ‘most important’ ecosystem services.