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Diverse Factors Influence Ranchers’ Land-Management Decisions

Researchers at Virginia Tech published a study in Rangeland Ecology and Management, revealing that ranchers’ land-management decisions are not motivated by profit alone. They say that the complexity of land-management decision making needs to be taken into consideration when developing programs and policies to foster private-lands conservation. The project focused on the decision to flood irrigate, in order to explore how conservation professionals could more effectively work with ranchers toward conservation and wildlife management goals.