An empirical evaluation of private landowner participation in voluntary forest conservation programs

Derek Kauneckis, Abigail York

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Abstract

The use of voluntary programs targeting resource conservation on private land has become increasingly prevalent in environmental policy. Voluntary programs potentially offer significant benefits over regulatory and market-based approaches. This article examines the factors affecting landowner participation in voluntary forest conservation programs using a combination of parcel-level GIS and remotely sensed data and semi-structured interviews of landowners in Monroe County, Indiana. A logistic regression model is applied to determine the probability of participation based on landowner education, membership in other non-forest voluntary programs, dominant land use activity, parcel size, distance from urban center, land resource portfolios, and forest cover. Both land use activity and the spatial configuration of a landholder's resource portfolio are found to be statistically significant with important implications for the design and implementation of voluntary programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)468-484
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironmental Management
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

Keywords

  • Land-use policy
  • Private lands
  • Voluntary programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Ecology
  • Pollution

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