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Factors affecting NIPF landowner participation in management programs: a Massachusetts case study

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Conjoint analysis is used to examine landowner attitudes toward specific management program attributes and requirements. Our results suggest that the majority of respondents are very reluctant to convey landowner rights, such as timber rights or public access, without unrealistic levels of compensation ($ 53 to $ 185 per hectare per year). This implies the need to develop alternatives to the conventional economic incentive based approach to forest management. It is envisioned that the conjoint methodology used here could readily be applied to study landowner decision making in other countries.

Keywords: conjoint analysis; economic incentives; management incentives

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA 2: Department of Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA 3: USDA Forest Service, Northeast Research Station, Burlington, VT 05402, USA

Publication date: December 1, 2002

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