The Boom in Forest Owners--A Bust for Forestry?

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Private forests are breaking into smaller ownerships. The largest parcels remain intact for now, but the acreage in midsize woodlots is shrinking and the bottom class is growing. As the size of their ownerships decreases, owners are less likely to see the relevance of forestry. Without significant investments in public relations and marketing, forestry will become less and less relevant to more and more people, and we will lose vital forests that can produce both environmental and economic benefits. We need new approaches and technologies designed for small parcels.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: President, the DeCoster Group, 11322 French Horn Lane, Reston, VA 20191-4402

Publication date: May 1, 1998

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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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