A collaborative study of the human dimensions of private landowner decision-making related to ESH was initiated in 2008 by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Marine Resources [Bureau of Wildlife] and the Division of Lands and Forests) and the Cornell University Human Dimensions Research Unit. The study addressed the need to restore and retain ESH in New York by providing information on the context for ESH management; the state of professional knowledge about conservation needs and constraints; landowners’ motivations, barriers they encounter, and the role of wildlife in their decisions to manage for ESH; and a typology of landowners to aid in effective communications. This information will be used to inform outreach strategies (e.g., incentive or education programs) that could effectively encourage private landowners in New York State to manage for ESH. The study focused on private woodland owners of the Southern Tier counties of central and western New York State (Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Cortland, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, Otsego, and Delaware counties).
To learn more, see our final report. Also attached are the 2 page project handout and an ESH project poster.