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Abstract

A survey about the granting of conservation easements was administered to 472 Adirondack Park landowners, 40% of whom responded Constructs from the theory of planned behavior (attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavioral control; Ajzen, 1991) and a conceptual model for easement adoption (nature conservation equity, nature conservation ethic, economic dependence on property, private property rights, confidence in permanent easement mechanisms; Kabii & Horwitz, 2006) were included in the study framework, as were demographic characteristics. Significant positive relationships were identified between confidence in permanent easement mechanisms and both attitude and subjective norm related to easement adoption. Age was positively related to attitude, and nature conservation ethic was positively related to perceived behavioral control. Attitude and subjective norm were positively related to intention to grant an easement. Results suggest that efforts to influence forest/,and owner attitudes and confidence in easements as a conservation tool may be effective at encouraging future easement adoption.

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