Jerrod Penn, Gutierrez-Castillo, Ana L.
In February of 2020, the LSU AgCenter, with the support of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), surveyed landowners enrolled in conservation easement programs that aim to protect and restore wetlands and wildlife habitat, including the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program-Wetland Reserve Easement (ACEP-WRE) and Emergency Watershed Protection Program-Floodplain Easement (EWPP-FPE). This infographic reports the findings of landowners of Louisiana forested easements and their management characteristics.
39% of total WRP, ACEP-WRE and EWPP-FPE restored acreage in Louisiana is owned by these survey participants.
They are enrolled in:
411 acres is the average easement size.
4 acres is the minimum. 4,700 acres is the maximum.
Are willing to conduct thinning in the forested easement
Believe thinning improves forest health and wildlife habitat
Prefer thinning the forest for less money if it means protecting wildlife habitat
Have hired a consulting forester
Have worked with a logger
29% of easements experienced extreme natural disturbances that damaged the forest
53% Wildlife watching
3% Horseback riding
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