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Timber Stand Improvement--A Entree to Forestry for Small-Tract Owners

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Entice small-forest owners into forestry with a rewarding experience, and they will finance progressively more intensive management in their woodlands. Foresters would agree that applying this theory requires more than efforts to educate owners and give them technical aid. Financial assistance has been tried in the form of cost sharing and rental payments. Two recent examples are Virginia's 1970 Reforestation of Timberland Act and the Forestry. Incentives Program, authorized by the 1973 Farm Bill. The stimulus provided by such external inducements should not cause foresters to overlook opportunities within forestry which could attract the landowners. But the vague plea, "Practice forestry!" does little good. Instead, the landowner's attention must be focused on a single ideal practice. Timber stand improvement qualifies as an ideal practice because it can fulfill the desires of the typical owner.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Economist, Southern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, New Orleans, LA.

Publication date: April 1, 1975

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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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