Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reaching a million: Land conservation patterns and process in North Carolina, 1999–2009
by Bidgood, Emily Page, M.S., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011, 162; 1493420
Abstract (Summary)

My research examines how land conservation efforts are carried out by institutions and informed by public policy using as a case study North Carolina's legislative commitment to conserve one million acres of open space from 1999 to 2009. I use a geographic information system (GIS) to analyze the spatial patterns of land conservation in relation to environmental and socioeconomic metrics, and compare land conservation efforts before and after 1999. Based on qualitative interview work with 39 professionals active in the conservation field, I discuss the role of the state's legislative commitment and describe how the institutions and resources of the conservation field have changed over time. I argue that further effective efforts to conserve beyond "one million" acres will require new messages and commitments from the state.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Weakley, Alan S.
Commitee: Andrews, Kenneth T., White, Peter S.
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department: Environment & Ecology
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Conservation, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management, Land Use Planning
Keywords: Conservation policy, Geospatial analysis, Institutional change, Land conservation, North Carolina, State funding
Publication Number: 1493420
ISBN: 978-1-124-65797-4
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