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North Carolina's Natural Heritage Program: A Case for Public–Private Cooperation

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Voluntary conservation programs are an effective tool for recognizing and preserving the value of special places on private forestlands. We evaluate private landowner participation in the Natural Heritage Program of North Carolina, finding that landowners are more likely to enroll land with high ecological significance in this voluntary program. Voluntary conservation is less likely on lands that are remote from threats such as roads, that have higher value in other uses, and that are near lands already conserved by the public.

Keywords: biodiversity; conservation; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; nonindustrial private forestland

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Hydrologic Technician US Geological Survey, 3916 Sunset Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC, 27607, 2: Assistant Professor Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 3: Senior Economist Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Program, Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina,

Publication date: July 1, 2002

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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