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number is not unexpected, given the questionnaire requested, "We are asking that this
questionnaire be completed by the person who is currently most involved in making decisions
about land management on the property." It is an indicator that the correct person was filling in
the survey. Overall mean scores for the 7 point Likert scale indicated a more neutral position
than with the previous sections as indicated by the mean scores being nearer to "4" and the
skewness (at least for the likert scale questions) indicating a more normal distribution.
Implications are that respondents are more neutral in their beliefs that their rangeland affects
their quality of life in either a positive or a negative way.
Section 6 was "Personal Characteristics". This is the section where demographic
information was compiled. A closer look at the descriptive statistics revealed certain
characteristics of our respondents (Table 4-4). These data help to describe the basic
demographic information about the respondents, such as: "Acres Owned"; "Years Land Has
Been in Family; "Years Experience Ranching"; "Year Born/Age"; "Hours/year Self Study"; and
"Percent Income from Ranching". They also describe the ranch the respondent manages,
including enterprises used for income: "Cow/Calf'; "Stockers"; "Sheep"; "Goats"; "Hunting";
"Exotic Animals"; "Hay/Crop"; "Recreation"; "Mineral Production"; "Other" and "No Income
from Land" . Statistics reveal "Investment in Property Over Past 5 Years"; "Planning to Sell
Property" and "Male/Female". Also table 4-3 describes the type of terrain/plant cover
associated with their ranch: "Short Grass"; "Mid Grass"; "Tall Grass"; "Grass/Tree Mix";
"Dense Brush"; "Water"; and "Other".
Other personal characteristics were best understood through visualization. Figures 4-1
through 4-7 aid in understanding of non-numeric characteristics, including: Figure 4-1 "Study
area response by county"; Figure 4-2, "Respondent's Association with the Land"; Figure 4- 3,
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