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Florida Forever Land Acquisition Program: Social Impact and Environmental Justice

Title: Florida Forever Land Acquisition Program: Social Impact and Environmental Justice.
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Name(s): Rodrigue, Savannah, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2017-12-04
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This research investigates whether or not higher socioeconomic status (SES) Florida counties receive more benefits than lower SES Florida counties from conservation land. The research contributes to our theoretical understanding of environmental justice by examining how the distribution of benefits from environmental policies may be biased. Empirically, the paper investigates the correlation of benefits from the Florida Forever land acquisition program with the SES of Florida counties. I hypothesize that a positive correlation exists between the median household income and the amount of conservation land in each Florida county. This hypothesis is based on published research investigating the effects of conservation land on human health and the prevalence of environmental injustice throughout the late 20th century and early 21st century. Using panel data analysis, the results showed minimal correlation between SES and the amount of conservation land acquired across Florida counties. However, the results did show a correlation between presidential vote share and conservation land acquisitions where more Republican counties acquired conservation land. The paper concludes that ideology has a greater effect on conservation land decisions than county SES.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1512445791_7d1ad7b2 (IID)
Keywords: Florida Forever, Conservation Land Acquisition, Social Impact, Environmental Justice
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1512445791_7d1ad7b2
Owner Institution: FSU

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Rodrigue, S. (2017). Florida Forever Land Acquisition Program: Social Impact and Environmental Justice. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1512445791_7d1ad7b2