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World Forestry: Small Private Forests in the Federal Republic of Germany

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Abstract:

A half-million private owners hold 44 percent of the forestland in the Federal Republic of Germany. Their tracts average 15 acres and though growing stock is about equal to that on public lands the volume tends to be in young age classes. A 1969 law favored establishment of cooperatives to counter the disadvantages of fragmented ownership and small tracts, and federal and state governments offer direct financial aid. Cooperatives now represent more than half of the total area in forests of less than 250 acres. They have brought about improvements in management and will be an important part of future forest policy.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Retired Chief of Forestry for the Federal Republic of Germany

Publication date: March 1, 1981

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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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