Journal article

Are incentive programs working? Landowner attitudes to ecological restoration of agricultural landscapes.

Sacha Jellinek, Kirsten M Parris, Don A Driscoll, Peter D Dwyer

J Environ Manage | Elsevier | Published : 2013


Private property accounts for much of the planet's arable land, and most of this has been cleared for agricultural production. Agricultural areas retain only fragments of their original vegetation and this has been detrimental to many native plant and animal species. Habitat restoration and revegetation may be able to reconnect and enlarge existing remnant areas in agricultural landscapes and, thereby, enhance native plant and animal communities. However, conservation initiatives will be successful only if landowners actively participate in restoration actions. This study used four hundred postal questionnaires to assess the degree to which landowners in two regions of south-eastern Australi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was conducted with the support of funding from the Australian Government's National Environmental Research Program and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. SJ undertook this project with the assistance of the Norman Wettenhall Foundation and the University of Melbourne Albert Shimmins Postgraduate Scholarship. This article was supported by a University of Melbourne Albert Shimmins postgraduate writing-up award (SJ). We thank the landowners who gave their time to complete the questionnaire. Thanks also to Elizabeth Gosling for her assistance with finding landowner addresses, Dr Monica Minnegal for her ideas and suggestions, A/Professor Michael McCarthy and A/Professor Brendan Wintle for assistance with WinBUGS code, and Professor Geoff Cumming for assistance with the interpretation of credible intervals.