State Wildlife Management Programs for Private Lands in the Southeast

Wildlife agencies in the 16 southeastern states were surveyed by mail to determine what programs were offered to encourge wildlife management on and public access to privately owned lands. To promote wildlife management on these lands, 14 agencies offered technical services, 7 agencies provided wildlife management materials, and 1 offered tax incentives. Public access to private lands was promoted through free cooperative areas in 9 states and fee-based cooperative areas in 5 states. All agencies considered their programs successful. Seven agencies were studying new programs to encourage management and 5 agencies were examining new programs to increase public access. Opportunities for agencies to improve management on and access to private lands may be with forest industry ownerships, the federal Conservation Reserve Program, and compensation of landowners.

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