Shifting environmental concern in rural eastern Oregon: The role of demographic and place-based factors
Public opinion can impact the success of natural resource management policies and programs. In this case study, we assess the degree to which demographic and place-based factors are associated with changing public opinions on climate change, wolves, renewable energy, and land development regulations in rural northeast Oregon. Based on cross-sectional telephone survey data collected in 2011 and 2014, our observations suggest declining support for eliminating wolves, increased support for renewable energy, and increasingly favorable views of regulations that limit development in rural landscapes. We find that while demographic change and local events contribute to some of the observed shifts in opinion on wolves, exogenous factors acting at state and national levels likely contribute to shifting opinions on climate change, renewable energy, and land use regulations.
Population and Environment
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Boag, A.E., L.C. Hamilton, J. Hartter, F.R. Stevens, M.W. Palace & M.J. Ducey. 2016. “Shifting environmental concern in rural eastern Oregon: The role of demographic and place-based factors.” Population and Environment doi: 10.1007/s11111-016-0261-z
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