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objectives and ecosystem enhancing practices for mid to tall-grass rangelands in the USA.
Surveys addressed the same issues as identified in the previous pilot survey and focus group
analysis: management philosophy; economic indicators; land health; management practices;
quality of life and cultural experiences, and personal characteristics.
Finally, non-response bias was tested. This was accomplished by sending a second, but
short non-response survey. Bias was determined by statistically significant differences in
demographic make-up of the two groups.
The questionnaire (Appendix A) was an 8 12 x 11 inch booklet printed front and back on
white paper. The instrument was 11 pages in length and had 5 sections. Page 1 was the cover;
page 2 was survey instructions; pages 3-4 were the first section, Management Philosophy; page
4-5 contained section 2, Economic Considerations; page 6-7 had section 3, Native Rangeland
Management; page 8-9 included section 4, Land Health. Section 5, Quality of Life, began on
page 9 and concluded on page 10. Finally, section 6, Personal Characteristics began on page 11.
The entire questionnaire consisted of 118 separate questions.
Manager data were collected using a four-wave mailing (Dillman, 2000) multiple contact
method. A tracking code was included on all mailings, to facilitate follow up mailings. One
month after the initial mailing, a reminder post card was mailed to all potential respondents.
Responses were tracked over time. Four weeks after the reminder post card was mailed another
cover letter, questionnaire and business reply envelope was mailed to all non-respondents. One
more reminder post card was sent to all non-respondents.
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Becker, Wayne. Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland, dissertation, December 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103289/m1/69/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .