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Prioritizing Conservation Easement Recruitment Efforts: A Policy-Informed Conservation Assessment of Private Land

Prioritizing Conservation Easement Recruitment Efforts: A Policy-Informed Conservation Assessment... Abstract: In the United States, tax incentives combined with the ecological significance of private land are driving the expansion of conservation easements held by land trusts. This development suggests a need to further identify efficient methods for assessing the conservation value of private land. We collaborated with two land trusts on a conservation assessment of the Upper Oconee Watershed in northeastern Georgia. We identified nine landscape-level conservation features that were important to the land trusts’ missions. To weight the conservation features in the creation of a parcel-level index model, we used criteria from the Georgia Land Conservation Program. Out of 32,657 parcels analyzed, we identified 111 priority parcels that contain 2–15 percent of each conservation feature in the watershed. We recommended these priority parcels to the land trusts for use in their easement recruitment campaigns and conservation strategies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southeastern Geographer University of North Carolina Press

Prioritizing Conservation Easement Recruitment Efforts: A Policy-Informed Conservation Assessment of Private Land

Southeastern Geographer , Volume 56 (1) – Mar 18, 2016

Prioritizing Conservation Easement Recruitment Efforts: A Policy-Informed Conservation Assessment of Private Land


A Policy-Informed Conservation Assessment of Private Land R. dEAN hARdY JEFFREY hEPINSTALL-CYMERMAN LAuRIE FOWLER In the United States, tax incentives combined with the ecological significance of private land are driving the expansion of conservation easements held by land trusts. This development suggests a need to further identify efficient methods for assessing the conservation value of private land. We collaborated with two land trusts on a conservation assessment of the Upper Oconee Watershed in northeastern Georgia. We identified nine landscape-level conservation features that were important to the land trusts' missions. To weight the conservation features in the creation of a parcel-level index model, we used criteria from the Georgia Land Conservation Program. Out of 32,657 parcels analyzed, we identified 111 priority parcels that contain 2-15 percent of each conservation feature in the watershed. We recommended these priority parcels to the land trusts for use in their easement recruitment campaigns and conservation strategies. de las servidumbres de conservación en poder de los fideicomisos de tierras. Este desarrollo sugiere la necesidad de identificar más métodos eficientes para evaluar el valor de conservación de tierras privadas. Colaboramos con dos fideicomisos de tierras en una evaluación de la conservación de la Alta Cuenca del Oconee en el noreste de Georgia. Se identificaron nueve características de conservación a nivel de paisaje que eran importantes para las misiones de los fideicomisos de tierras. Para ponderar las características de conservación en la creación de un modelo de índice a nivel de parcela, hemos utilizado los criterios del Georgia Land Conservación Program. Fuera de las 32.657 parcelas analizadas, se identificaron 111 parcelas prioritarias que contienen 2-15 por ciento de cada objeto de conservación en la cuenca. Recomendamos...
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Abstract: In the United States, tax incentives combined with the ecological significance of private land are driving the expansion of conservation easements held by land trusts. This development suggests a need to further identify efficient methods for assessing the conservation value of private land. We collaborated with two land trusts on a conservation assessment of the Upper Oconee Watershed in northeastern Georgia. We identified nine landscape-level conservation features that were important to the land trusts’ missions. To weight the conservation features in the creation of a parcel-level index model, we used criteria from the Georgia Land Conservation Program. Out of 32,657 parcels analyzed, we identified 111 priority parcels that contain 2–15 percent of each conservation feature in the watershed. We recommended these priority parcels to the land trusts for use in their easement recruitment campaigns and conservation strategies.

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Southeastern GeographerUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Mar 18, 2016

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