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Forests 2016, 7(7), 145; doi:10.3390/f7070145

Sales of Forestry-Related Specialty License Plates in the Southern United States: A County Level Empirical Analysis

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Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
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Hill Farm Research Station, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Homer, LA 71040, USA
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School of Forestry, Louisiana Tech University, P.O. Box 10138, Ruston, LA 71272, USA
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Academic Editors: Thomas Straka and Eric Jokela
Received: 15 February 2016 / Revised: 24 June 2016 / Accepted: 7 July 2016 / Published: 12 July 2016
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Abstract

In recent years, specialty license plates have become an increasingly popular way to raise awareness and show support for a myriad of issues with which the plate is linked. Several states and various organizations that provide forestry education have developed forestry license plates. Vehicle owners can purchase the plates to show their support towards forestry by buying the forestry license plates, which generates revenue for the provider organization. Using county-level data from five states in the Southeastern United States, a statistical model was developed to examine explanatory factors of forestry-based specialty license plate sales in 2014. Using linear count regression modeling, we observed that the significant predictor variables of plate sales were income per capita, population density, the percentage of acres that are forested in the county, acres of forest in the county that are privately owned, percentage of people who are 65 or older, and presence of the forest industry in the county. Plate sales were positively correlated with the presence of the forest industry in the county. View Full-Text
Keywords: specialty license plates; voluntary provision of natural resources; environmental awareness; forestry outreach specialty license plates; voluntary provision of natural resources; environmental awareness; forestry outreach
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Tanger, S.M.; Masum, M.F.H.; Blazier, M.A.; Holley, A.G. Sales of Forestry-Related Specialty License Plates in the Southern United States: A County Level Empirical Analysis. Forests 2016, 7, 145.

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