With most remaining Coastal Prairie located on private lands, engagement with landowners is critical for conservation and the recovery of species reliant on this habitat. In an effort to understand and minimize the impacts of oil and gas interests on private land conservation, this research will study the social dimensions of oil and gas development, and impact on the habitat and fate of endangered species such as the Attwater’s prairie-chicken. The objective of this work is to develop a framework to facilitate voluntary landowner enrollment in incentive-based Coastal Prairie conservation programs.
Key study parameters include the influence of oil and gas interests on attitudes toward conservation programs, attitudinal interaction with economic considerations, land use decisions and spatial orientation. This work will include development of recommendations for best management practices, and development of a spatial decision support tool to assist with infrastructure siting to minimize impacts of oil and gas extraction activities.
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