Our Values

How did we determine the six values?

In 2010, the MBNEP recognized the need to use citizen input as a foundation for the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. By basing the CCMP on the values of local citizens, the community is taking ownership of the environmental future of the area. Data was collected through:

  • A survery of 550 citizens selected randomly by Research Strategies, Inc.
  • Community meeting input (chambers of commerce, civic organizations, citizen community meetings)
  • A values mapping study conducted by Auburn University with 264 randomly selected residents

What are the six values?

In sum, these efforts produced input from over one thousand residents. An analysis of this input revealed six common values that are most important to residents for our coastal quality of life:

  • Access - ability to get to water and open spaces for recreation and vistas
  • Beaches and Shorelines - preservation of our beaches, dunes, and shorelines for their beauty and economic benefits
  • Fish and Wildlife - protection and restoration of habitats of fish and wildlife to ensure sustainability
  • Heritage and Culture - legacy of the coastal way of life for future generations
  • Resiliency - capacity of human and natural physical systems to rebound from unforeseen events, protecting beauty
  • Water Quality - safe water quality for drinking, fishing, and swimming placing high value on quality rivers, creeks, and bays