State Incentives for Nonindustrial Private Forestry

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A survey in 1981 by the National Conference of State Legislatures found that tax legislation is the most extensive method used by states to encourage management of nonindustrial private forests. Approximately 22 states provide forest landowners and farmers with property tax relief by assessing value on the basis of use (rather than market value), and by providing various means of deferring timber taxes. Few states provide cost-sharing or other direct financial incentives other than through their technical assistance programs. The effectiveness of incentives programs was not quantified, but indications are that funding and institutional considerations are the primary limitations.

Taxes have frequently been called the primary disincentives to nonindustrial management for timber production. The extensive actions on taxes implies a substantial interest by state legislators in lessening the obstacles to such management.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Staff Associate, National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, Colorado

Publication date: January 1, 1982

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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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