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Integrative and Other Economic Aspects of Tree Farm Families

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Thirteen tree farm families in the eastern United States were studied using a mail questionnaire technique. These tree farm families were identified as a form of vertical integration in which wood-using firms integrate non-company, but privately-owned lands into their supply framework. These integration arrangements appear to be advantageous to both firm and landowner. Firms reduce supply risks while woodland owners benefit from assured outlets for timber products and from provided technical assistance. Woodland owning members of tree farm families were found to be better educated and more likely to be business and professional people than woodland owners in general. They were generally quite satisfied with the tree farm family program although expressing some reservation about the markets provided by sponsoring firms. Compatibility of industry programs with current public programs is suggested. Although some possible limitations are recognized and discussed, it is concluded that tree farm families have the potential of yielding socially acceptable levels of "conservation" practices with minimum public cost and regulation.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Forestry and Conservation, Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind.

Publication date: 1964-08-01

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