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Wildlife and Water: Social Capital and Collective Action of Selected Landowner Associations in Texas

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Type: Thesis or Dissertation
Author: Wagner, Matthew
Date: 2005
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3612
Sector: Social Organization
Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: North America
Subject(s): common pool resources
resource management
water users' associations
land tenure and use
social capital
Abstract: "In Texas, landowner associations for the management of common-pool resources such as wildlife and groundwater have become increasingly popular. Successful management of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) depends upon the collective decision-making of landowners. Likewise, aquifer reserves are a trans-boundary resource subject to the 'rule of capture.' Numerous factors may affect the success of common-pool associations, including property ownership and habitat characteristics, landowner demographics, and social capital. I used a mail questionnaire to explore the relationship between these factors and their effect on association activities and management practices for eight Wildlife Management Associations (WMAs) occurring within the Lower Post Oak Savannah (LPOS) and the Central Post Oak Savannah (CPOS). In addition, I compared responses of members of WMAs in CPOS to members of the Brazos Valley Water Alliance (BVWA), a groundwater association situated in the region."

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