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Private Landowner Participation in the Walk-In Access (WIA)


August 2017 - September 2018


The purpose of this study is to better understand private landowners within the 46 counties eligible for the WIA Program who participate in or have the potential to participate in the WIA Program by enrolling land in the program. Specific objectives of the study include determining:

1) landowner perceptions of constraints and barriers to participating in the program;
2) key social, economic, attitudinal and motivational antecedents to enrolling eligible land;
3) key attributes that define the preferences of landowners for choosing to participate in a WIA Program; and
4) spatial and other geographic characteristics that predict land enrollment.

The information collected in the study will provide a better understanding of the variables that best predict landowners’ decisions to enroll property and facilitate development of a spatially explicit model that can help managers better understand which landowners have the highest potential for participating in the WIA Program in the future.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4246



Funding Agencies

  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey