This survey is intended to support western landowners by assessing both direct and indirect impacts of living with wildlife. The information collected will inform the development of new tools and strategies to support and empower landowners to increase profits and improve wildlife stewardship. It will also be used to develop a report for the benefit of decision-makers in the private and public sectors. Personal information provided will be kept confidential.

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* 1. In which states do you own or manage land?

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* 2. Do you live on your land full time?

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* 3. What percentage of your ranch is privately owned?

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* 4. What percentage of your ranch is managed for agriculture (including livestock grazing)?

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* 5. On average, what portion of your income comes from agricultural production? (Optional)

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* 6. Please rate the importance of the following to you as a landowner, with 1 representing "very important" and 5 representing "not important."

  1 - Very Important 2 3 4 5 - Not Important N/A
Caring for and conserving wildlife and their habitat on your land
Having and being able to watch wildlife on your land
Maximizing profits from your land
Generating revenue from agriculture on your land
Practicing sustainable agriculture
Having personal outdoor recreation opportunities on your land, such as hunting, fishing, camping, mountain biking, boating and ATV use
Providing outdoor recreation opportunities for others on your land, such as hunting, fishing, camping, mountain biking, boating and ATV use
The lifestyle / heritage that is associated with your land
Owning and maintaining undeveloped land

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* 7. How would you characterize wildlife use of your property?

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* 8. Do wildlife primarily use your land seasonally or year-round?

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* 9. If the wildlife on your property are migratory ungulates (such as deer, elk and/or pronghorn), how many would you estimate occupy your property during the year?

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* 10. Do you experience negative economic impacts from the presence of wildlife on your land?

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* 11. Please rate the challenges wildlife create on your land on a scale with 1 representing "not a challenge" and 5 representing a "significant challenge".

  1 - Not a Challenge 2 3 4 5 - Significant Challenge N/A
Risk of disease transmission
Loss of forage (including hay)
Other property damage (fencing, etc.)
Livestock depredation
Public access demands
Tresspassing

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* 12. How much do you estimate the risk of wildlife transmitted disease costs you each year?

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* 13. What do you estimate is the value of forage (including winter hay) you lose to wildlife each year?

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* 14. What do you estimate are your total losses due to livestock depredation each year?

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* 15. Do you experience positive economic impacts from the presence of wildlife on your land?

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* 16. What do you estimate are your total economic gains (e.g. wildlife-related income) each year from having wildlife on your property?

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* 17. Please list the wildlife you most enjoy having on your property.

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* 18. Please list the wildlife you least enjoy having on your property.

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* 19. Do you include wildlife management and/or conservation goals in your ranch management planning?

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* 20. In general, which would you like to do?

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* 21. Approximately how much of your own money have you spent on wildlife conservation (e.g. wildlife habitat improvement) in the past ten years?

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* 22. To what extent do you believe active wildlife conservation, such as wildlife friendly fencing and habitat improvements, are compatible with your business operations?

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* 23. Have you used any of the following wildlife conservation tools or programs on your land in the past ten years? (Please check all that apply)

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* 24. Please rate your goals for engaging in conservation programs (such as those listed above) with 1 representing a "high priority" and 5 representing a "low priority."

  1 - High Priority 2 3 4 5 - Low Priority N/A
To increase my bottom line
To improve the productivity of my land
To increase the potential of diversifying my revenue streams
To conserve wildlife
To increase opportunities for hunting, fishing or other personal recreational pursuits related to wildlife

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* 25. What kind of conservation programs do you prefer? (Please check all that apply.)

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* 26. Are there any wildlife conservation programs or tools that you have used that you would recommend to other landowners? Please specify.

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* 27. What groups or agencies have you worked with to conserve wildlife habitat on your land? (Please check all that apply.)

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* 28. Approximately how much have wildlife conservation programs reduced your operating costs?

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* 29. Please rate the importance of the following benefits, regardless of whether or not you are currently benefiting from them, with 1 being "very important" and 5 being "not important".

  1 - Very Important 2 3 4 5 - Not Important N/A
Public recognition of land stewardship
Price premiums on agricultural products marketed as "wildlife-friendly"
Access to new markets such as wetland banking, ecosystem services and recreation
Reduced risk provided by insurance programs
Tax incentives for conservation program participation
Direct cash payments for conservation program participation
Reduced regulatory burden for conservation program participation
Technical assistance

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* 30. To what extent does engagement in conservation programs increase or decrease regulation of your business operations?

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* 31. Does the potential for increased or decreased regulation affect whether or not you participate in a conservation program or conservation activities?

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* 32. To what extent do you agree with the following statements, with 1 meaning "strongly agree" and 5 meaning "strongly disagree."

  1 - Strongly Agree 2 - Somewhat Agree 3 - Neither Agree nor Disagree 4 - Somewhat Disagree 5 - Strongly Disagree
Wildlife conservation is good for my bottom line
Wildlife conservation is the right thing to do
Wildlife conservation is an important part of being a good neighbor
Wildlife conservation is a high priority for me

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* 33. Name (optional)

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* 34. Email address (optional)

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* 35. Primary product (optional)

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* 36. How long has your family been ranching? (optional)

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* 37. May we contact you to discuss your experience with wildlife conservation further?

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