What do YOU value about the rural landscape where you live?

Post date: Jan 4, 2011 11:07:57 PM

Originally posted March 29, 2010

A survey of residents of the Bonnechere River Watershed (BRW) is being used to solicit information about which environmental benefits are important to them and also how land and water management decisions made by residents on their own private land are influenced by different organizations.

You are invited to participate in this study which aims to evaluate the long-term supply of environmental benefits in the Bonnechere River Watershed (BRW). These environmental benefits include such things as fresh water supply, food production, and habitat for biodiversity, as well as opportunities for recreation and the use of natural resources. The “Valuing Rural Landscapes Survey” will take approximately 20 - 30 minutes to complete and participation in the survey is anonymous.

This research is being conducted by Allyson Quinlan, a graduate student at Carleton University and supervised by Professor Mike Brklacich from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. The Bonnechere River Watershed Project, a community-based, volunteer organization, is collaborating and providing support for this research project.

The survey is intended for all watershed residents who own or manage a property in the Bonnechere River watershed and who are responsible for environmental and land-use decision-making on the property. This includes residents of the following municipal townships: Madawaska Valley, Killaloe-Haggarty-Richards, North Algona-Wilberforce, Bonnechere Valley, Admaston-Bromley, and Horton, and also the Town of Renfrew and the Pikwakanagan First Nations Reserve.

There is no risk to participating in the surveys as all participants will remain anonymous. All participants must provide their consent to participate in the survey have the right to decline to answer any of the questions on the survey. A summary report of the research findings will be made available on the BRWP website.

The survey can be completed directly online at the following address: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bonnechere.

Alternatively, if you would prefer a paper copy of the survey please contact Allyson Quinlan at aquinlan@connect.carleton.ca or at 613-552-5221 to have a copy of the survey sent to you by mail.