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Estimating a Family Forest Landowner's Likelihood of Posting against Trespass
- Snyder, Stephanie A., Kilgore, Michael A., Taff, Steven J., Schertz, Joseph M.
- Northern journal of applied forestry 2008 v.25 no.4 pp. 180
- nonindustrial private forests, forest recreation, sport hunting, recreation users, landowners, perceptions (cognitive), attitudes and opinions, human behavior, forest ownership, regression analysis, Minnesota
- 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.