Backyard behavioral science: Addressing private land management with experimental research and insights into human behavior

Management decisions on private lands affect social and environmental outcomes. Policies designed to influence these decisions typically provide information or financial incentives. Behavioral science uses experimental design to generate insights into those interventions and alternative factors that influence human behavior, yet there are limited applications to land management. I will provide a brief primer on the field of behavioral science and discuss opportunities and challenges in addressing externalities from private land management, including water quality, habitat conservation and wildfire risk mitigation.

This podcast is a follow up to our broadcast, “Combating Wildlife Crime: Toward an Integrated Approach”, which provides an overview of the need for and application of social science to holistically address wildlife crime.
16,000 natural resource remote web cameras provide users around the world with an opportunity to view wildlife. The web cameras are free to view, so we are left with evaluating viewer's opportunity cost of time to estimate the consumer surplus.
This interactive tool is a collaboration between the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey and displays results from the Visitor Spending Effects report series. Economic contributions of National Park Service visitor spending are displayed at the national, state, and local levels.
Golden Gate Park Visitor Center

WASHINGTON – As the summer vacation and travel seasons opens, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced today that visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2018 resulted in a $40.1 billion benefit to the nation’s economy and supported 329,000 jobs.


For 30 years, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has created substantial habitat for birds and other wildlife species by providing landowners with a financial incentive to remove marginal land from agricultural production and establish grasslands. Declines in the number of acres enrolled in the program over the last decade, however, raise concerns about the fate of these grasslands once incentives end.
This series within The Chronicle of Higher Education focuses on thoughtful approaches to academic writing, and balancing the quest to publish with work and life.
Throughout the world, children and youth are experiencing changes in their surroundings that influence,
enhance or challenge their leisure experiences. These events occur individually, but also within peer
groups, families, communities, and social media and technology.
This report evaluates geotagged photographs taken and posted to social media by members of the public to lakes show that improved water clarity is associated with an increased numbers of recreational visits to lakes, demonstrating the potential for social-media data to inform socio-ecological research.
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Graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, agency planners, land managers, and researchers are all strongly encouraged to attend the conference and submit a proposal for an oral or poster presentation. Oral presentations will be given in a conference room setting. Audiovisual support will be available in the form of a laptop (with a CD-ROM drive and a USB port) and a projection unit. Each oral presenter will be given 15 minutes for presenting their paper and 5 minutes for discussion.