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Factors Influencing the Timber Harvest Intentions of Nonindustrial Private Forest Owners

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Intentions of woodland owners to harvest timber were examined in an effort to increase understanding of the factors that influence wood production on nonindustrial private forests. Six-hundred-twenty-one randomly selected woodland owners were interviewed by telephone to determine their attitude and beliefs about harvesting timber, and the influence of "important others" in making harvest decisions. Responses were compared for those owners who intended to harvest timber within the next 10 years with those who had no intention to harvest. Attitudes and subjective norms accurately predicted intentions to harvest (R = .75). Standard regression coefficients indicate that intentions were more influenced by the owner's attitude than by the influence of social groups. Differences in beliefs and in the influence of social groups were observed between those who intended to harvest and those respondents who did not. Recommendations are made that would increase the number of owners who intend to produce wood products from their private woodlands. For. Sci. 33(2):381-393.

Keywords: Harvest attitudes; harvest beliefs; incentive programs; social influences

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Urban Conservation Program Manager, Illinois Department of Conservation, Springfield, IL

Publication date: 1987-06-01

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
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