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World Forestry: Forest Administration in Japan

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National forests, totaling 7.9 million hectares, are managed through regional and district offices and ranger stations. Other public forests, controlled by prefectures and municipalities, aggregate some 2.5 million hectares. Private forests total 14.8 million hectares, about 59 percent of the total forest area. They are managed largely under regional plans drafted by prefectural governments in accordance with the national Forest Law. Owners' associations make it possible for landholders to undertake planting and other activities that would be difficult for them to accomplish individually. The nation has designated 7 million hectares as protection forests and 4 million as national parks; the areas overlap some-what. About half of the area in these two classes is privately held, with the owners receiving some indemnification.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Publication date: 1980-07-01

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