Title page for ETD etd-01102009-063302

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hudson, Teresa Michelle
URN etd-01102009-063302
Title Assessing and evaluating the Forest Stewardship Program :promoting and conducting sound wildlife management
Degree Master of Science
Department Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Parkhurst, James A. Committee Chair
Giles, Robert H. Jr. Committee Member
Stauffer, Dean F. Committee Member
  • Virginia
  • land management
  • survey
Date of Defense 1995-10-05
Availability restricted
A questionnaire was sent to all U.S. state and territorial Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) Coordinators in 1993 (response rate 90.2%). Despite differences in FSP design and implementation among states, the percentage of available non-industrial private forest (NIPF) acreage enrolled in the FSP (x = 3.4%) did not differ regionally. Professional foresters prepared over 80% of stewardship plans. However, FSP Coordinators perceived that, among all types of preparers, foresters had the greatest need for help in addressing wildlife issues. Most plan preparers had sought help with basic wildlife knowledge and specific, technical management recommendations, but not with field identification, even though site inspections were important in many states. Plan preparers relied on traditional methods (i.e., site inspection) rather than on newer technologies (i.e., computer databases) to inventory important natural/cultural resources. Nationally, landowners requested recommendations for general wildlife improvements more often than either consumptive or non-consumptive wildlife use objectives. Creating and/or managing snags, creating edge, developing food plots, and establishing mast producing species were recommended most often.

A second questionnaire was sent to 300 randomly chosen Virginia FSP participants (1991 - 1993) (response rate 81.3%) who declared "wildlife" as their primary or secondary management objective. Respondents reported high satisfaction with Virginia's FSP. Lack of time, money, and equipment, and not knowing where to find skilled help were identified as impediments to implementing recommendations. Work on wildlife recommendations had been initiated by 37 - 69% of landowners.

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