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Factors associated with landownerinvolvement in forest conservation programs in the U.S.: implications for policy design andoutreach
Land Use Policy (2012)
  • Zhao Ma, Utah State University
  • Brett J. Butler
  • David B. Kittredge
  • Paul Catanzaro

One-third of the forestland in the U.S. is owned by 10.4 million family forest owners. Their collective decisions have a great impact on the sustainability of forest landscape across the country. Public policies and programs for encouraging landowners to properly manage their land include cost-share, forest certification, and conservation easements. However, to date, less than 6% of the family forest owners have participated in a cost-share program, less than 1% have certified their land, and less than 2% have an easement. By analyzing data from USDA Forest Service's National Woodland Owner Survey, we examined the characteristics of family forest owners who had participated in these programs and identified strategies to capitalize on these landowner characteristics to improve current programs and attract a wider range of participants. We found that family forest owners with larger land holdings were more likely to participate in all three types of programs...

  • landowner involvement,
  • forest conservation,
  • policy design
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Ma, Z., Butler, B.J., Kittredge, D.B., Catanzaro, P. 2012. Factors associated with landowner involvement in forest conservation programs in the U.S.: implications for policy design and outreach. Land Use Policy 29(1): 53-61.