, Director, CINRAM, Forest Resources
Previous research that estimated the costs and benefits of snow control measures for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) in terms of a reduction in the costs of mitigating blowing and drifting snow problem areas demonstrated the ability of snow control measures to significantly lower those costs for MnDOT districts. Subsequent research specifically addressed MnDOT staff knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to the promotion and implementation of snow control measures. The latest research effort identified a need for a better understanding of landowner knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to snow control measures to expand landowner adoption of snow control measures. The overall goal is to reduce blowing and drifting snow problems and associated costs in the state and improve public safety through an effective outreach program to landowners and the subsequent adoption of snow control measures by landowners. The objectives of the project are to: 1) carry out focus groups in four regions of the state selected to represent different landowner, cropping and physiographic conditions; 2) based on the focus group meetings, design and carry out a landowner KAP (knowledge, attitudes and practices) survey; 2) implement a snow fence promotional program; 3) carry out a post-promotion KAP study to measure changes in landowner knowledge, attitudes and practices; and 4) based on the results of the KAP study, design an outreach plan that addresses landowner constraints and positive attitudes towards snow control measures to promote greater adoption of snow control measures and achieve the associated public safety benefits and cost savings.
- Project number: 2019009
- Start date: 06/2018
- Project status: Completed
- Research area: Environment and Energy
Safety, Snow and ice control