Voluntary Conservation: Private landowner participation in North Carolina's Natural Heritage Program (spatial analysis of the Natural Heritage Program in North Carolina)

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dc.contributor.advisor Erin O. Sills, Chair en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Heather M. Cheshire, Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Subhrendu Pattanayak, Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Hugh A. Devine, Member en_US
dc.contributor.author Cassingham, Kirsten Michaele en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-02T18:02:24Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-02T18:02:24Z
dc.date.issued 2001-08-22 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-20010817-141234 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/1232
dc.description.abstract Conflict between the public interests in non-timber amenities of forests and the private rights of forest owners has focused attention on voluntary conservation agreements as a policy tool. In North Carolina, the Natural Heritage Program identifies ecologically significant sites and provides two mechanisms for landholders to participate in conservation of those sites. Evaluation of the program from a spatial perspective focused on the mountain province of North Carolina, using a geographic information system (GIS) to characterize the conservation outcome of the program (i.e., what has been conserved) and the determinants of participation in the program (i.e., who has conserved). To characterize the participation decision, literature was reviewed on voluntary forest stewardship and conservation programs and spatial analysis of land-use. The effect of neighborhood characteristics (e.g., near-by protected areas) and distance (e.g., from highways and cities) was considered, as well as characteristics of the landowner and of the site. The conservation outcome of the program was evaluated in terms of protection of ecologically significant sites, considering both Heritage Program rankings and land cover. en_US
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dc.title Voluntary Conservation: Private landowner participation in North Carolina's Natural Heritage Program (spatial analysis of the Natural Heritage Program in North Carolina) en_US
dc.degree.name MS en_US
dc.degree.level Master's Thesis en_US
dc.degree.discipline Natural Resources en_US


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