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Extending Public Control and Management of Forest Land Without Purchase

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A far greater area of forest land needs to be brought under management. Extension of private management proceeds only very slowly and extending public control and management by purchase will run to great expense. The plan herein offered proposes that government purchase control rather than ownership of forest land. Present holders of timberland would continue their ownership but would grant the government an easement permitting it to control and develop the timber. Income from the sale of timber would be shared upon a predetermined basis. Local governments would receive a subsidy in lieu of taxes. Costs of acquiring control are much less than those of obtaining outright possession and the savings to government would, therefore, be considerable.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: University of Missouri

Publication date: 1939-01-01

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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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