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Forest Fragmentation: Implications for Sustainable Private Forests

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The long-term trend for private forests in the United States is that of more people owning smaller pieces of wooded land for amenity values. This trend shows no sign of slowing, and indications are that it may be speeding up. The fragmenting of forests into smaller pieces appears to be driven by powerful social and demographic forces that consistently undertax and overserve developed areas, while overtaxing and underserving traditional rural land uses, such as forestry.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: President, The DeCoster Group, Inc, Reston, Virginia

Publication date: March 1, 2000

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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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