Rural Land Use and Sale Preferences in a Wyoming County

Katherine Inman, Donald M. McLeod and Dale J. Menkhaus

Abstract

This paper explores preferences for use and sale of three types of agricultural land in Sublette County, Wyoming. Most respondents agreed that productive (irrigated) landscapes should remain in agriculture. Well-established residents, large landowners, and those pursuing low taxes preferred agricultural and recreation/ wildlife uses of more remote landscapes. Wealthier and part-time respondents were more likely to prefer residential use. Respondents expecting improved quality of life with population growth supported land sales. Those who would leave the county if population increased were not likely to sell. Results are applicable to other growing Western counties and are important for land use planning. (JEL Q24)