Date of Graduation
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
Forest Resource Management
David W McGill
A risk rating map created from 22 shapefiles of pest and disease activity data was used to produce maps of individual properties distributed to half of survey subjects along with a postcard questionnaire. In total, 933 landowners were surveyed; 21% responded. The affects of three factors---the Forest Stewardship Program (FSP), region, and a map---on landowner interest were investigated using ANOVA and logistic regression. The affects of covariables risk rating and acreage were evaluated using ANCOVA. Logistic regression identified preferred delivery methods and pests and diseases relevant to landowners. FSP participation significantly affected interest level, the selection of gypsy moth, and requests for information. Region significantly affected risk rating and the selection of Beech Bark Disease. Map reception did not significantly affect any dependent variable. Acreage and risk rating were insignificant covariables. Sudden Oak Death and information sheets were the most often chosen pests and delivery methods.
McCann, David Page, "Using GIS and landowner survey to determine if the Forest Stewardship Program is effective at generating involvement in forest health issues in West Virginia" (2005). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 4173.