The majority of West Virginia's forested land is owned by private family forest owners. It is essential that natural resources professionals work with and support these individuals as they establish their ideal woodlands and sustain ecosystem services, which are at risk from parcelization and fragmentation. The West Virginia Woodland Welcome Wagon was carried out in three priority areas to connect new landowners with natural resources professionals. Over the course of 6 months, absentee landowners, landowners with fewer than 50 acres, and those interested in socializing with other woodland owners were found to be more likely to participate in the project.
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McCuen, M. E., McGill, D. W., Arano, K. G., & Owen, S. F. (2013). West Virginia Woodland Welcome Wagon: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation in Three Priority Areas. The Journal of Extension, 51(4), Article 32. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol51/iss4/32