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dc.contributor.authorLutter, Seth Hendriken_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-14T08:00:17Z
dc.date.available2018-08-14T08:00:17Z
dc.date.issued2018-08-13en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:16795en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/84544
dc.description.abstractAchieving long-term conservation gains through the framework of conservation incentive programs requires an understanding of both the ecological and social components of these programs. Landowner program experiences and management decisions after program participation are important for long-term conservation, but these aspects of conservation programs are not well understood. To address this research gap related to conservation program participation, this thesis investigates Natural Resources Conservation Service programs that provide private landowners with financial and technical assistance to manage for young forest habitat in the eastern United States. We conducted a telephone survey to investigate private landowner experiences during and after participation in these NRCS conservation programs. Coordinating with biologists monitoring managed properties for birds, we assessed how in-person outreach and mailed monitoring results influenced landowners. Next, we evaluated how landowner motivations, resources, and cognitions were related to post-program young forest management intentions. Finally, we applied a coupled human and natural systems lens to investigate the linkage between wildlife outcomes, landowner perceptions, and continued young forest management. Our results demonstrate how in-person outreach can shape positive conservation experiences and increasing landowner trust in resource agencies. We also demonstrate the importance of both social and environmental factors for influencing landowner decision-making after conservation program participation. We detail the applications of this research for conservation agencies and professionals who work with private landowners.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectconservation policyen_US
dc.subjectcoupled systemsen_US
dc.subjecthabitat managementen_US
dc.subjectlandowner outreachen_US
dc.subjectprivate landownersen_US
dc.titleHuman Dimensions of Young Forest Conservation Programs: Effects of Outreach, Post-Program Management, and a Coupled Systems Perspectiveen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentFisheries and Wildlife Sciencesen_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.disciplineFish and Wildlife Conservationen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairDayer, Ashley Anneen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFord, William Marken_US
dc.contributor.committeememberStern, Marc J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFearer, Todd M.en_US


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