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    Author(s): Michael A. Kilgore; Stephanie A. Snyder; Joesph M. Schertz; Steven J. Taff
    Date: 2008
    Source: Human Dimensions of Wildlife. 13: 175-186.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    Description

    To address the issue of declining access to private forest land in the United States for hunting, over 1,000 Minnesota family forest owners were surveyed to estimate the cost of acquiring non-exclusive public hunting access rights. The results indicate landowner interest in selling access rights is extremely modest. Using binary logistic regression, the mean annual compensation required to purchase public access on these lands is estimated at $50 per acre. Significant predictors of landowner willingness to sell unrestricted public hunting access rights are the compensation offered, owner's use of the property for hunting, land's hunting quality and market value, location of owner's residence, current posting practices, future ownership intentions, and concern for property damage. The high payment required to purchase this right reflects the value owners attach to exclusive hunting rights, cost of enrolling in a governmentsponsored program, and inability to control who and how many hunt on the property.

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    Kilgore, Michael A.; Snyder, Stephanie A.; Schertz, Joesph M.; Taff, Steven J. 2008. The cost of acquiring public hunting access on family forests lands. Human Dimensions of Wildlife. 13: 175-186.

    Keywords

    hunting, public access, wildlife recreation, contingent valuation, economics

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