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dc.contributor.authorHemby, Tyler Leeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-10T09:00:14Z
dc.date.available2016-12-10T09:00:14Z
dc.date.issued2016-12-09en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:9018en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/73650
dc.description.abstractOver the past several decades conservation easements have seen immense growth in their popularity. There are now over 40 million acres of easement land in the United States, up from only 1.4 million in 1998. A significant body of research exists on easements, factors that lead to their adoption, their consequences and effectiveness, and problems that arise from their use, among other topics. Our study contributes to this literature by exploring community and system-level effects on easement adoption, using Virginia as a case study, and applying a novel approach that incorporates spatial analysis and the insights of conservation professionals. The purpose of our research was to explore whether community-level factors affect easement adoption decisions, and what those factors are. Previously established variables were investigated to gauge their relationship to easement occurrence when scaled up to the community level, as well as to test our ability to make predictions about where easements should be most likely to occur. Spatial market segmentation data was also incorporated into this analysis to determine whether it could augment our understanding of community-level factors and predictive ability. Statistical models produced were reasonably predictive. However, we suspect that this was the case for different reasons at our community scale of analysis than at the individual landowner level examined in previous research. We used surveys and interviews with easement professionals to further explore additional variables that might explain adoption patterns. Results indicate the importance of system-level factors including change agents, opinion leaders, and local government and land-use planning.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectconservation easementsen_US
dc.subjectprivate land conservationen_US
dc.subjectGISen_US
dc.subjectadoption motivationsen_US
dc.subjectVirginiaen_US
dc.subjectsocio-spatialen_US
dc.subjectdiffusion of innovationsen_US
dc.subjecttrusten_US
dc.subjectconservation practitionersen_US
dc.subjectspatial aggregationen_US
dc.subjectconservation behavioren_US
dc.titleExploring the “Where” and the “Why” of Conservation Easements: The Role of Community-level Factors in the Likelihood of Adoptionen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentForest Resources and Environmental Conservationen_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.committeechairPrisley, Stephen P.en_US
dc.contributor.committeechairStern, Marc J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSorice, Michael G.en_US


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