Support for the ESA

Survey respondents were asked to articulate in what way their observations of the collaborative approach to ESA compliance relative to Salmon recovery efforts affected their perception of the ESA as a resource protection tool. The responses suggest that citizens in the Methow Valley were far less supportive of the ESA as an effective means to protect natural resources in a rural community setting than were their counterparts in the Walla Walla River Basin (Table 19.11).

Although compliance with federal and state environmental regulations and ESA-listed fish protection measures was achieved in both the Methow Valley and Walla Walla River Basin cases alike, this accomplishment resulted in a substantial long-term loss of public support in the Methow Valley, but not in the Walla Walla area. Responses to questions on "good faith bargaining" and the achievement of "acceptable outcomes" demonstrate this point rather dramatically (see Table 19.12).

Table 19.11 Support for the Endangered Species Act (ESA)

Question: "How has the Experience of the (Methow Valley) (Walla Walla River Basin) Fish Habitat Protection Effort Affected Your Views of the Endangered Species Act?"

Methow Valley (%)

WallaWalla (%)

I am more supportive for ESA 3 Level of support did not change 24 I am less supportive of ESA 73

10 56 34

Impacts on support for the ESA ascribed to the multi-agency negotiations taking place in the Methow Valley and the Walla Walla River Basin.

Impacts on support for the ESA ascribed to the multi-agency negotiations taking place in the Methow Valley and the Walla Walla River Basin.

Table 19.12 Public Perceptions of Good Faith Bargaining in the Methow Valley Trust in Major Actors

High (%)

Uncertain (%)

Low (%)

County commissioners

55

29

16

Local Washington state department of

31

46

23

fish and wildlife (WDFW) officers

WDFW

16

42

42

USFWS

12

35

53

WA. department of ecology

9

33

58

National marine fisheries service (NMFS)

6

23

71

Public Perceptions of good faith bargaining in the Methow Valley Case. Major actors listed in order of descending trust.

Public Perceptions of good faith bargaining in the Methow Valley Case. Major actors listed in order of descending trust.

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