Expanding the Adoption on Private Lands: Blowing and Drifting Snow Control Treatments and the Cost Effectiveness of Permanent versus Non-Permanent Treatment Options.

Principal Investigator:

Dean Current, Research Associate and Director, Forest Resources

Co-Investigator

Project Summary:

Previous research that estimated the costs and benefits of snow fences for MnDOT in terms of a reduction in the costs of mitigating blowing and drifting snow problem areas (MN/RC 2012-03) demonstrated the ability of snow fences to significantly lower those costs for MnDOT districts. Nonetheless there is still limited uptake of the Snow Fence program which is limiting the associated cost savings in the state. In order to address the problem of lack of adoption this project will design and test an outreach program for MnDOT offices in one district and, based on what is learned from that program; work with MnDOT to prepare an outreach plan to promote greater adoption and cost savings in the remaining offices in the state. The overall goal is to reduce blowing and drifting snow problems and associated costs in the state through an effective outreach program to MnDOT district offices and through them, to landowners. The objectives of the project are to 1) carry out a pre-promotion KAP (knowledge, attitudes and practices) survey; 2) implement a snow fence promotional program; 3) carry out a post-promotion KAP study; 4); based on the KAP study, design an outreach plan to promote installation of snow fences and the associated cost savings and 5) assess the market and non-market value of different permanent and non-permanent snow fence designs.

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