Fly, J. M., and M. Wavrek. 2018. Community Supported Ecosystem (CSE): A Market-Based Model to Conserve Private Lands. A paper presented at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Oskosh, WI
Fly, J. M., and M. T. Wavrek.  2019.  Society and Natural ResourcesPublished Abstracts, International Symposium for Society and Natural Resources.

Community Supported Ecosystems: A Market-Based Model for Conserving Private Lands The “Community Supported Ecosystem” (CSE) concept is being proposed as a market based means to generate farm income to keep land from being developed. In the eastern U.S., ecosystems and the services they provide are primarily in private ownership. Development and land fragmentation is continuing to encroach on these farms and natural systems and threatening the sustainability of ecosystems in the east. CSE’s are a natural evolution of three practices - lease hunting, CSA’s or Community Supported Agriculture, and horse boarding. A CSE is a means by which individuals can support a privately owned ecosystem (farm or forest) by paying an annual membership fee to the landowner in exchange for access to the land for recreational purposes. It also gives non-landowners the opportunity to promote a land ethic as specified in a CSE contract. The value of a CSE would vary depending on the size and nature of the land and available amenities. A CSE with 100 members at a rate of $60/month would generate $72,000 for the landowner per year. The CSE members are contributing to the greater good of society (ecosystem services), receiving a personal benefit (recreation), and making open space preservation a viable option for the landowner. There are 3 major hypotheses related to CSE’s: (1) There are many people who own significant acreage with agricultural and natural amenities who would like to have an additional income stream to make owning land more sustainable (Supply); (2) There are many people who cannot afford to buy land who would like to have access to private land for recreational purposes (Demand); (3) There are many people who are deeply concerned about the loss of ecosystems and local farms to development and would see CSE’s as a means to contribute to the preservation and sustainability of these lands (Demand). Audience members will be given the opportunity to discuss their views on the feasibility of CSE’s and propose ideas for research collaboration.