Researchers studying coastal land values
BATON ROUGE - It's no surprise that some coastal wetlands are more valuable than others, but the question several researchers at LSU are trying to answer is how much more valuable.
Walter Keithly, associate professor and Richard Kazmierczak, professor with the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy, are surveying coastal landowners to see how they use their properties and what income they generate from it whether it's duck hunting leases or alligator trapping.
Keithly says generally two types of value can be attributed to wetlands - their value to society either through hurricane protection or as a fishery nursery and the private value that accounts for the income generated from these wetlands.
Preliminary results from the new study are expected by the end of next summer.