STRIPS Cooperator Follow-On Survey: 2015 Results

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2016-04-01
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Arbuckle, J. Gordon
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This survey was conducted to support the STRIPS project's guiding principle to "create and maintain feedback loops for information sharing among team members, farmer/farm landowner adopters, and other stakeholders." The overall purpose of the feedback loop is to learn from collaborators so project staff can help current (and future) collaborators to successfully establish and manage prairie strips. The purpose of the survey was to learn about collaborating landowners' experiences with the establishment and management of prairie strips to help project staff understand what (1) positive and negative experiences and (2) information and technical assistance needs they have. The survey consisted of six open-ended questions and one question asking cooperators if they would be interested in receiving periodic emails with prairie strips management reminders and tips. The questions were:

1. What have been some of your positive experiences with your prairie strips?

2. What have been some of the challenges with your prairie strips?

3. What would you do differently if you planted new prairie strips?

4. What advice would you give someone who is getting ready to plant prairie strips?

5. What are some of the questions you have about prairies and prairie management?

6. What else can the Iowa State University STRIPS project do to help?

7. Would you be interested in receiving periodic emails with management reminders and tips for your prairie strips?

The survey was sent by email to 25 collaborators in mid-August 2015, and a reminder was sent in early September. Ten collaborators completed the survey. This document presents the responses to the questions.

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