What is Private Land Stewardship? Lessons from Agricultural Opinion Leaders in North Carolina
AbstractThe development of private land is a significant conservation concern globally. To conserve the ecosystem services associated with private lands, conservationists must understand landowner conceptions of stewardship and its role in decisions about land and natural resources. We began addressing this need with a survey of North Carolina Farm Bureau county advisory board members in North Carolina (n = 735). Nearly all respondents self-identified as stewards of the land (97%). More respondents indicated their stewardship responsibility was owed to future generations (87%) and family (77%), rather than to the community (41%) or society (26%). Respondents associated stewardship more with using natural resources wisely (78%) than leaving natural resources untouched (31%). Plans to bequeath land to relatives, the importance of soil conservation, and past participation in conservation programs were the most consistent predictors of how respondents viewed stewardship. Our results suggest that stewardship may be more effective when framed more as a benefit to family and future generations than to society and the community. Similarly, stewardship may be more effective for achieving conservation as opposed to the preservation of natural resources. View Full-Text
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Rodriguez, S.L.; Peterson, M.N.; Cubbage, F.W.; Sills, E.O.; Bondell, H.D. What is Private Land Stewardship? Lessons from Agricultural Opinion Leaders in North Carolina. Sustainability 2018, 10, 297.
Rodriguez SL, Peterson MN, Cubbage FW, Sills EO, Bondell HD. What is Private Land Stewardship? Lessons from Agricultural Opinion Leaders in North Carolina. Sustainability. 2018; 10(2):297.Chicago/Turabian Style
Rodriguez, Shari L.; Peterson, M. N.; Cubbage, Frederick W.; Sills, Erin O.; Bondell, Howard D. 2018. "What is Private Land Stewardship? Lessons from Agricultural Opinion Leaders in North Carolina." Sustainability 10, no. 2: 297.
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