Evaluating the Successes of Land Trust Conservation: Social Effects of Incentive-based Efforts in Northern Michigan
Master of Science (MS)
First Advisor's Name
Dr. Joel Heinen
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Dr. Jay Sah
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Dr. Pallab Mozumder
Third Advisor's Committee Title
Date of Defense
The Little Traverse Conservancy (LTC) of Michigan is a contemporary land trust organization. A case study of LTC identified the accomplishments and challenges of LTC as well as criteria for successful land conservation. Research emphasizes knowledge gaps in effective conservation efforts. An applied research protocol to improve ecological and socio-political knowledge about the workings of LTC and, by corollary, other similar land trusts is recommended.
Key informant interviews (n=33) were conducted with LTC stakeholders. The objective of these interviews was to understand the perceptions and motivations of LTC stakeholders and more broadly, of small-scale land conservation. Findings show that social motivators including a sense of environmental ethic and responsibility for future generations were among the most highly discussed topics among stakeholders. The study provides a case for the importance of social science research in land conservation and land use analyses.
Braddock, Kathryn Nicole, "Evaluating the Successes of Land Trust Conservation: Social Effects of Incentive-based Efforts in Northern Michigan" (2017). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3535.
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