Landowner Attitudes Toward Shortleaf Pine Restoration
- In Missouri, 85% of forested land is privately owned. Thus, if shortleaf pine restoration efforts are to suc-ceed, they must do so on private land. We therefore undertook a survey of private landowners within the historic range of shortleaf pine in south Missouri to gauge their interest, attitudes, motivations, and chal-lenges regarding shortleaf pine restoration.
- Self-administered, mail-back surveys were sent to 5,584 landowners, resulting in 2,506 responses (46.6% response rate).
- The respondents were mostly male, retired or in a professional occupation, had at least a high school edu-cation and moderate to low income.
- The large majority of respondents (69%) planting or managing shortleaf pine reported doing so on 10 or fewer acres of land.
- The main reasons respondents restored shortleaf pine on their property were recreation, aesthetics and wildlife values.
- About 90% of respondents planting or managing shortleaf pine planted seedlings or relied on natural re-generation for restoring shortleaf pine. Direct seeding was a minor regeneration method for shortleaf pine restoration.
- A majority of respondents planting or managing shortleaf pine (>50%) did not require much assistance in restoring shortleaf pine with the exception of access to printed material, which many (61%) reported would be helpful.
- A large majority (>75%) of respondents planting or managing shortleaf pine did not have serious chal-lenges to restoring shortleaf pine.
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