Science activity

Science activity #49864, updated 7 December 2022

Recreational Hunting as an Ecosystem Service of Restoration in the Bay-Delta Watershed

Description / purpose

Ecological restoration in the Bay-Delta watershed provides increased access to hunting opportunities for recreational hunters in the region in addition to benefitting native flora and fauna. While increased hunting is not always considered an economic benefit, it is a dividend from investments in habitat restoration. This research will quantify in dollars the economic impact of restoring sites and opening them for hunting. The study will survey members of the public at restored sites in the Bay-Delta and Sacramento River regions that have resulted in new and/or improved hunting access. In addition to the economic analysis, the survey will shed light on two other issues: 1) whether there is a tradeoff among recreational usage, carbon storage, and habitat quality for restored sites, and 2) whether current users perceive an unmet need for recreational access in the region. These analyses will be useful in explaining multi-benefit restoration projects to stakeholders and policymakers, and informative to future decision-making.

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Virginia Matzek, Principal investigator - Santa Clara University

Activity status

  • 1 Awarded / Initiating (2019)
  • 2 In progress / Ongoing (2019 - 2022)
  • 3 Complete

Funding summary

Total allocated funding: $236,377

Label Value
Contract # or labor code 18211
Implementing organization Santa Clara University
Funding organization Delta Stewardship Council
Funding Source Delta Stewardship Council - General Fund
Date of award 2019-06-30
Date of fiscal year-end Not provided
Total award amount $236,377
State type of obligation Not provided
Federal type of obligation Not provided
Reimbursability Not provided
Procurement mechanism Contracted competitive or direct award
Annual expenditures

2019 - $153141.08 (Actual)

2020 - $66770.80 (Actual)

2021 - $1646512.00 (Actual)


Delta regions

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Products and outputs

Type Title Description Views
Data Data - Recreational Hunting as an Ecosystem Service of Restoration in the Bay-Delta Watershed Raw data from two surveys of recreational hunters 7

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