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Spatial-econometric analysis of attraction and repulsion of private conservation by public reserves

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  • Albers, Heidi J.
  • Ando, Amy W.
  • Chen, Xiaoxuan

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It is difficult for public agencies to make optimal reserve-site selections without knowing how new public reserves might influence the configuration of private conservation. Private land trusts protect much land in the USA, but little is known about how private groups respond to conservation decisions made by other conservation agents. To fill that gap, we analyze township-level spatial data on conservation in California, Illinois, and Massachusetts to explore relationships between the location of private and public conservation land. Using linear spatial-econometric models and Bayesian spatial probit models, we find evidence that private-protected acres are clustered together in space. In California, it appears that private land conservation is attracted towards places where the government has reserves. In Illinois and Massachusetts, however, it appears that private conservation shifts away from townships with government reserves due to a mixture of spatial repulsion and simple acreage displacement.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Volume (Year): 56 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 33-49

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeeman:v:56:y:2008:i:1:p:33-49

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  1. Edward B. Barbier & Michael Rauscher, 2007. "Biodiversity and Geography," CESifo Working Paper Series, CESifo Group Munich 2022, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Alexandre Sauquet & Sébastien Marchand & José Gustavo FERES, 2012. "Ecological Fiscal Incentives and Spatial Strategic Interactions: the Case of the ICMS-E in the Brazilian state of Paraná," Working Papers, HAL halshs-00700474, HAL.
  3. Ando, Amy Whritenour & Shah, Payal, 2009. "Demand-Side Factors in Optimal Land Conservation Choice," 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 49209, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  4. Baylis, Katherine R. & Paulson, Nicholas D. & Piras, Gianfranco, 2011. "Spatial Approaches to Panel Data in Agricultural Economics: A Climate Change Application," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 43(03), August.
  5. Heidi Albers & Amy Ando & Meidan Bu & Michael Wing, 2012. "Road-network agglomeration, road density, and protected-area fragmentation," Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, Springer, Springer, vol. 5(3), pages 137-150, October.
  6. Katharine Sims, 2014. "Do Protected Areas Reduce Forest Fragmentation? A Microlandscapes Approach," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 58(2), pages 303-333, June.
  7. Ando, Amy Whritenour & Mallory, Mindy L., 2012. "The Perils of Shortcuts in Efficient Conservation Portfolio Design," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 125073, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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