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Survey Queries Wyoming Landowner Conservation Easement Opinions

May 9, 2013

Wyoming landowners may be less likely to accept conservation easements than landowners elsewhere, according to findings in a new University of Wyoming Extension bulletin.

Researchers in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UW, and at Colorado State University, surveyed landowners in Colorado and Wyoming to gain an understanding of landowner characteristics and factors that influence their preferences for and decisions about conservation easements.

The survey also showed Wyoming landowners:

-- Feel a strong attachment to the land they own or manage;

-- Believe their land provides excellent habitat and diversity for plants and animals; and

-- Have less experience with conservation easements compared to landowners elsewhere.

Detailed information is available in “Wyoming landowners’ characteristics and preferences regarding conservation easements: Results from a survey,” B-1241. The bulletin is available for free download by going to and clicking “Publications” in the left-hand column and typing “1241” in the search publications field.

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