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dc.contributor.authorWatson, Adamen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:37:15Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:37:15Z
dc.date.issued2011-05-04en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05162011-160020en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/32876
dc.description.abstractForest management practices which reduce southern pine beetle (SPB) risk benefit not only the landowners who perform them, but all those who draw benefits from southern pine forests in Virginia, especially other forest owners within the same region. One such management practice is pre-commercial thinning (PCT), which is particularly unattractive to non-industrial private forest (NIPF) landowners because of the substantial costs and delayed financial returns involved. Since the benefits to society generated by PCT are not fully realized by the individuals who might implement it, there may be a market externality in which PCT is underprovided across the landscape. The Pine Bark Beetle Prevention Program (PBBPP) has the potential to correct this externality by reimbursing a portion of the costs of PCT for landowners who qualify. However, cost share incentives have been criticized for being ineffectual on the basis that landowners substitute publicly funded reimbursement for private investment, without altering their management practices. To investigate the effect of the PBBPP cost share for PCT, a survey was sent to 1,200 NIPF landowners in seven counties across the Piedmont and Coastal Plain physiographic regions of Virginia, where southern pine is prevalent and SPB hazard is a relevant concern. To measure willingness to participate in the program, a referendum style question was used in which the offered cost share ranged from 20% to 90%. Results of discrete choice models estimated from survey data indicate that cost sharing has a significant, positive effect on willingness to participate overall, though increasing reimbursement above 60% is unlikely to affect participation. Some landowners are not responsive or are less responsive to cost sharing due to personal and property characteristics.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartIRB_approval_letter_Watson_AC.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspartIRB_amendment_approval_letter_Watson_AC.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspartWatson_AC_T_2011.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectnon-industrial private forest landownersen_US
dc.subjectsouthern pine beetle preventionen_US
dc.subjectpre-commercial thinningen_US
dc.subjectcost share incentivesen_US
dc.titleCost share payment and willingness to participate in Virginia's Pine Bark Beetle Prevention Programen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentForestryen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineForestryen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairSullivan, Jayen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAmacher, Gregory S.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSalom, Scott M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAsaro, Chrisen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05162011-160020/en_US
dc.date.sdate2011-05-16en_US
dc.date.rdate2011-06-17
dc.date.adate2011-06-17en_US


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