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b. Methods

The study employs mixed methods:

  1. A review of research literature about ESH and private woodland owners.
  2. A document review of wildlife conservation plans for ESH and wildlife species.
  3. Interviews with forest and wildlife professionals with experience in ESH research, management, and outreach.
  4. Interviews with private landowners with experience in ESH management.
  5. Focus groups with private landowners.
  6. Survey of private landowners in the Southern Tier of New York State.
  7. Design of outreach programs and evaluation
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