Conditions for success in natural resource management by volunteer-based organizations: A study of lake management organizations in Vilas County, Wisconsin, USA.
Lakefront property owners form volunteer-based organizations to conserve and manage lakes. In Vilas County, Wisconsin, U.S.A., 115 common pool resource management organizations are organized around lakes. Despite a robust literature on institutional design, few studies endeavor a mid-size comparison of resource management organizations in a single geographic context. We address this gap by comparing thirty-one Vilas County, Wisconsin lake organizations using data collected through semi-structured interviews, websites, and agency databases during the summer of 2019.