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  • Private Landowner Conservation Behavior Following Participation in Voluntary Incentive Programs: Recommendations to Facilitate Behavioral Persistence
    Dayer, Ashley A.; Lutter, Seth H.; Sesser, Kristin A.; Hickey, Catherine M.; Gardali, Thomas (Wiley, 2017-07-27)
    Voluntary incentive programs are a keystone policy tool for increasing private landowner conservation behavior. Although landowner participation in conservation incentive programs is well studied, limited empirical research has focused on whether and why landowners continue to conduct conservation practices on their land after payments end, which we term persistence. The assumption is that a landowner who participates in an incentive program will likely continue the conservation practice after the payments end. This assumption fits with conservation policies that limit the number of years or times a landowner can receive payments for a given practice. If persistence occurs, it would provide cost-effective outcomes from conservation funding investments. However, there is little published information to support persistence. Based on the narrow body of research on persistence of landowner conservation behavior, as well as persistence research in other fields, we identified five pathways that may support persistence outcomes and insights for when persistence could be expected. We then provide recommendations for policy, practice, and research.With billions of dollars invested annually in programs to incentivize landowners to take conservation action, an empirical examination of landowner conservation behavior persistence is sorely needed for shaping more effective incentive programs and policies.
  • Dataset for: Effects of hierarchical roost removal on northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) maternity colonies
    Silvis, Alexander; Ford, W. Mark; Britzke, Eric R. (2014)
    The impacts of roost-loss on bats is poorly understood. This dataset was used to assess the impact of controlled roost removal on northern long-eared bat maternity day-roosting social structure, roost selection, and movement. Article:
  • Dataset for: Roosting and foraging social structure of the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis)
    Kniowski, Andrew B.; Gehrt, Stanley D. (2014-03-04)
    Social dynamics are an important but poorly understood aspect of bat ecology. We used these data in a combination of graph theoretic and spatial approaches to describe the roost and social network characteristics and foraging associations of an Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) maternity colony in an agricultural landscape in Ohio, USA.