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

Jellinek, Sacha, Parris, Kirsten M., Driscoll, Don A. and Dwyer, Peter D. 2013, Are incentive programs working? Landowner attitudes to ecological restoration of agricultural landscapes, Journal of environmental management, vol. 127, pp. 69-76, doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.04.034.

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Title Are incentive programs working? Landowner attitudes to ecological restoration of agricultural landscapes
Author(s) Jellinek, Sacha
Parris, Kirsten M.
Driscoll, Don A.ORCID iD for Driscoll, Don A.
Dwyer, Peter D.
Journal name Journal of environmental management
Volume number 127
Start page 69
End page 76
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-09-30
ISSN 1095-8630
Keyword(s) Agriculture
Management actions
Pest animals
Remnant vegetation
Conservation of Natural Resources
Introduced Species
Summary 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 Australia adopt restoration activities, their opinions regarding remnant and revegetated land and their management actions in these areas. One hundred and seventy nine completed questionnaires were received. Three quarters of respondents had undertaken restoration on their property or were planning to revegetate in the future. Landcare members were most likely to have previously revegetated and future revegetation intentions were best predicted by previous restoration activities and a primary income source that was off-farm. Landowners were more likely to manage restored and remnant areas if they perceived threats such as weeds, pest animals and fire risk would be detrimental to their property, than to enhance environmental outcomes. These results indicate that landowners are interested in restoring natural areas, but without greater assistance to restore ground layers and manage perceived threats posed by fire and invasive plants and animals, restoration actions will not have their desired biodiversity benefits.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.04.034
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
050205 Environmental Management
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2013, Elsevier
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