Evaluating management strategies to enhance biodiversity in conservation developments: Perspectives from developers in Colorado, USA
Results/Conclusions The survey sample consisted of 44 developers, of whom 25 (56.8%) responded to the survey, and we conducted follow-up interviews with 17 survey respondents. Overall, we found moderate support for the conservation practices (median rating of 4 on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 representing strong opposition and 5 representing strong support). We also found some interest in two types of incentives (seven respondents supported a housing density bonus and four supported fast-tracking permits), although respondents opposed the two proposed funding mechanisms (median rating of 2.5 for homeowners’ association dues and median rating of 1 for the property tax). Our findings suggest that CD developers in Colorado would be willing to adopt conservation practices, and are generally supportive of incentive-based policies, but greater understanding of homeowners’ willingness to pay for conservation features is needed to gain support for a funding mechanism. The implication for ecology is that the proposed policies can enhance the diversity of native plants and animals in urbanizing areas by encouraging management practices that mitigate exotic species invasions and other threats to biodiversity.