Results from the 2012 Quail Action Plan Landowner Survey

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Results from the 2012 Quail Action Plan Landowner Survey

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Title: Results from the 2012 Quail Action Plan Landowner Survey
Author: Burnett, Andrew W.
Abstract: A survey was conducted in the winter of 2012 to determine the current practices and preferences of New Jersey landowners. Landowners were chosen from three southern counties that remain primarily rural, agricultural areas. Five hundred eighty‐one mail questionnaire surveys were sent to landowners that received a Farmer Deer Shotgun Permit. Completed surveys were returned from 219 respondents for an adjusted response rate of 37.7%. The average parcel size was 103 acres. Landowners had been farming/managing their land for an average of 24 years and 82% said that they had their primary residence on their land parcel. Sixty‐six percent of these parcels contained hardwood forests, 63% contained row crops, 49% had pasture/hay, 47% contained at least some wetlands and 22% contained pine forests. Sixty‐five percent of landowners indicated some level of interest in managing for quail on their property and only 13% indicated low or no interest in managing for quail. Seventy‐two percent of landowners said they actively manage for wildlife on their property. The most common type of wildlife management was food plots (85%), followed by 66% for field borders and hedgerows, 17% for pine thinning, livestock fencing and fallow cropping, 15% for rotational disking and 5% for prescribed burning. Landowners considered 42% of their land cover for wildlife. Only 16% of landowners indicated that they received financial assistance through government programs. Fifty‐nine percent of landowners said they were interested in providing habitat for quail on their land. However, only 20% of landowners indicated that they were willing to convert some of their land into quail habitat; an additional 39% said maybe/unsure and 41% said they would not convert their land into quail habitat.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10929/68465
Date: 2012


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