Estimating a family forest landowner's likelihood of posting against trespass

Stephanie A Snyder, Michael A. Kilgore, Steven J Taff, Joseph M. Schertz

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Abstract

Hunters and other recreators face challenges to gain access to private forestland in the United States because of an increasing number of landowners posting their land. A landowners' decision to post their land is influenced by a variety of factors, including landowner characteristics, hunter behavior, and parcel attributes. We used a logit model to help understand why family forest landowners in Minnesota post their land against public trespass. Factors that increased the likelihood of posting included younger owners, a perception that allowing access would interfere with one's own hunting, a perception that allowing access would result in damage to one's property, hunting as the primary reason for forestland ownership, larger parcel size, having a management plan, higher property values, and a high percentage of surrounding area open to public hunting. Implications of increased posting by family forest owners on hunting access and wildlife management are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-185
Number of pages6
JournalNorthern Journal of Applied Forestry
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2008

Keywords

  • Access
  • Family forests
  • Hunting
  • Logit model
  • Recreation

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