Idle Land Problems in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania is second only to New York in its policy of acquiring forest land. It is in the front rank of all states in developing the forest lands acquired. This timely stock taking of what is happening to the private ownership of its generally cut-over forest land and low grade farm land indicates the advisability of further expansion of state acquisition and reforestation to check the increasing tide of abandonment for taxes of low grade farm and forest land. Taxation studies referred to indicate the private reforestation and forest ownership may be bolstered by slight amendment and advertisement of the "Auxiliary Forest" yield tax law; by the reduction of the general forest property tax by 25 to 30 per cent through the state financing of the remaining local public roads (largely done in 1933); and by equalizing farm and forest assessments with residence and business property assessments.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Director, Pennsylvania Forest Research Institute

Publication date: April 1, 1934

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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