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Incentives for Biodiversity Conservation Beyond the Best Management Practices: Are Forestland Owners Interested?

  • Jagannadha R. Matta
  • Janaki R. R. Alavalapati
  • D. Evan Mercer
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    With the growing recognition of the role of environmental services rendered by private lands, landowner involvement has become a critical component of landscape-level strategies to conserve biodiversity. In this paper, we examine the willingness of private forest owners to participate in a conservation program that requires adopting management regimes beyond the existing regulations for silvicultural best management practices. Results from a multinomial logit model indicate both program attributes and landowner characteristics significantly influencing participation. While the mean incentive payment necessary to induce participation is $95.54 per ha per year, this amount varied among respondents with different forest ownership objectives.

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    Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

    Volume (Year): 85 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 132-143

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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:85:y:2009:i:1:p:132-143
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