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Relational values refer to the way people relate to nature and each other, at either the individual level, such as local identity, or the collective level, such as family cohesion. A recent interest in the incorporation of this new value approach has emerged to enhance the ecosystem services framework. However, there is a challenge in assessing relational values because of the difficulty in finding methodologies to properly characterize them. We conducted a total of 282 face-to-face surveys to perform a socio-cultural valuation of ecosystem services in the Henrys Fork Watershed of southeastern Idaho, a world-renowned fishing destination. With the goal of understanding relational values in river systems, we explored the benefits provided by fishing and its links to components of human well-being (e.g., cultural identity). Our results showed that family cohesion and relaxation were the benefits most frequently chosen by from local respondents as the most important to maintaining their well-being. Our study emphasizes the importance of incorporating this type of river-related value in river management and planning.

Loni Nelson (Primary Presenter/Author), Idaho State University,;

Adam Eckersell (Co-Presenter/Co-Author), Idaho State University,;

Cristina Quintas-Soriano (Co-Presenter/Co-Author), Idaho State University,;

Rob Van Kirk (Co-Presenter/Co-Author), Henry's Fork Foundation,;

Colden Baxter (Co-Presenter/Co-Author), Idaho State University,;

Antonio J. Castro (Co-Presenter/Co-Author), Idaho State University,;