Conservation Contracting in Heterogeneous Landscapes: An Application to Watershed Protection and Threshold Constraints

A key issue in the design of land use policy is how to integrate information about spatially variable biophysical and economic conditions into a cost-effective conservation plan. Using common biophysical scoring methods, in combination with economic data and simple optimization methods, an illustration is provided for how to identify a set of priority land parcels for conservation investment. This study also demonstrates a way in which conservation agencies can incorporate concerns about biophysical thresholds in the identification of their priority land parcels. These methods are applied using Geographic Information System data from a New York conservation easement acquisition initiative for water quality protection.


Issue Date:
2003-04
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Record Identifier:
http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/31351
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/31351
Published in:
Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Volume 32, Number 1
Page range:
53-64
Total Pages:
12




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