Rangeland decision-making impacts conservation program adoption
Rangeland Ecology & Management – Rangeland conservation programs are growing. The number of acres of land in the Western United States enrolled in conservation easements has outpaced land development since 1997. Understanding why ranchers participate in conservation programs helps to create partnerships and strategies that can enhance rangeland sustainability the ecosystem services they provide.
- operator and operation characteristics, including whether the land is privately owned or publicly leased, and the education and income of the operator;
- time horizon, meaning the number of family generations who have managed the land and whether an inheritance plan is in place;
- social network connections, describing to what degree ranchers communicate and provide leadership and opinions in their communities; and
- social values, including views on property rights, the government’s role in protecting private property, and trust in government involvement in conservation.
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