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The Need for Associations of Forest Landowners in the United States

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The large number of small forest ownerships has posed problems in effective management for many years. Efforts to bring about better forest practices through technical assistance, subsidy, and educational programs have met with only limited success. Analysis of the institutional and economic framework in which individual owners must operate indicates that their small-scale production involves high overhead unit costs, marketing difficulties (small volumes infrequently offered in a poorly organized marketing mechanism), and high cost supervision and operations. To achieve the economies of large-scale operation while at the same time preserving the advantages of individual private ownership, the organization of forest owner managing and marketing associations is suggested. The several requirements for success and the kind of functions to be performed are set forth.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Director of the Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, Washington, D. C.

Publication date: 1964-03-01

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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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