America's Private Forests: Status And Stewardship by Constance Best

By Constance Best

America's deepest Forests: prestige and Stewardship examines deepest forests within the usa (which represent fifty eight% of U.S. forests) and provides facts from a large choice of assets on their prestige, in addition to necessary info on innovations for his or her safeguard, conservation, and administration. this can be a reference and data source. The publication provides details, info, and analysis-the fabricated from loads of research-about the country of personal forests within the U.S. it is a prestige file that places the information into context of shock for biodiversity. the ultimate bankruptcy bargains an motion plan for shielding deepest forests, with particular concepts.

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Timber Harvest Activities of Various Landowners Looking at these data should be reassuring to those conc e rned about future ti m- 1. In a st u dy of 1,300 Virginia pri va te fo re st landowners, researchers found that both harve sters and nonharve sters rated preservation of nature, scenic values, and wildlife as their top reasons for owning forestland (Hodge and Southard 1992). Similarly, a 1994 survey of pri m a ri ly larger NIPFs in Indiana, Utah, and the Southeast found that the highestrated reasons for fo re st ownership we re preserva tion of wildlife habitat, maintenance of natural beauty, personal recre a tion, and simple sati s f a ction of ownership (Brunson et al.

Therefore, their inte re st in timber harve st tends to be tied to learning about their fo re st property and gaining technical assistance in fo re st management (Hodge, pers. ). Individuals with small- to medium-sized acre a ges appear more like ly to engage in acti ve fo re st management when they understand its role in the context of their fo re st ste wa rdship goals and not simply as logging for financial remuneration (Bourke and Luloff 1994). Frequently the timber harvest goals for these owners re fle ct their multiple goals for their property: they desire some revenue, but they also want to enhance amenity, wildlife, and recreational values.

Although on a national basis this class of ownership has slightly decreased in extent, this trend is very regional in nature, with the North losing more large tracts to fragmentation and the South consolidating mediumsized tracts. As shown in table 1-2, while almost 60% of forest owners own less than 10 a c res, their impact on the forest landscape is a ti ny 4%. S. private forests. If the residential ow n e r s’ share of total pri va te fo re st ownerships is Who Owns the Forest and Why? Figure 1-1.

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