Motivations for Enrollment Into the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program in the James River Basin of South Dakota

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Check out this article that takes a look at landowners' motivations for enrolling in the James River Basin Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).

CREP pays landowners an annual rental rate to implement conservation practices on environmentally sensitive or agriculturally unproductive lands. Findings show that there are three primary motivation groups: wildlife, financial, and environmental motivations. Findings also show that age may be a factor in what type of motivation a landowner identifies with most. People who are most motivated financially have a mean age of 62 years old while people who are most motivated by environmental reasons have a mean age of 68 years. Overall, this and other similar studies researching what motivates landowners to take part in voluntary conservation programs will help inform strategies for future participation. 

Suggested Citation

Jarrett Pfrimmer, Larry Gigliotti, Joshua Stafford, David Schumann & Katie Bertrand (2017): Motivations for Enrollment Into the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program in the James River Basin of South Dakota, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, DOI: 10.1080/10871209.2017.1324069