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Title:Conservation Reserve Program in Illinois: Investigation of Participants' Motives, Expectations, and Desired Outcomes
Author(s):Miller, Craig A.; Williams, Brent D.; Campbell, Linda K.; Schweizer, Laura A.
Subject(s):wildlife habitat
management practices
conservation program enrollment
Conservation Reserve Program
Geographic Coverage:Illinois
Abstract:A mail survey of 5,000 Illinois agriculture producers resulted in a 39% response rate. Survey questions focused on conservation program enrollment and wildlife habitat conservation. More than half (56%) of respondents were currently participating or participated in the past in a conservation program. At the time of the survey thirty-four percent of agriculture producers participated in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and 91% were familiar with this program. Native grasses/forbs and wildlife habitat were the most commonly reported conservation practices performed by respondents. The most important reasons among survey respondents for enrolling in a conservation program were to reduce soil erosion, increase wildlife habitat, and improve water quality. The majority of agriculture producers (85%) believed that it is their personal responsibility to help protect wildlife, whereas only 62% believed that farmers as a whole were doing their part to protect wildlife habitat.
Issue Date:2017-01-20
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey
Series/Report:Technical Report INHS 2017 (17)
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Rights Information:This document is a product of the Illinois Natural History Survey, and has been selected and made available by the Illinois Natural History Survey and the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is intended solely for noncommercial research and educational use, and proper attribution is requested.
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-05-09

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