Massachusetts Family Forests: Birth of a Landowner Cooperative

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The story is as old as our profession: private lands, low-value species, a stagnant rural economy, development pressure, and loss of forests. A group of foresters and landowners is trying to reverse this cycle by forming a cooperative enterprise. This article summarizes our approach and experiences during the start-up phase. The overarching objective of Massachusetts Family Forests is to sustain or enhance the forest resources, rural character, and economy of our region.

Keywords: community forestry; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry extension; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; nonindustrial private forestland; private forest landowners; sustainable forest management

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor of Forest Resources Department of Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Box 34210 Amherst, MA, 01003-4210, pkbarten@forwild.umass.edu 2: Lecturer of Building Materials Marketing Department of Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 3: Service Forester Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, Bureau of Forestry, Westfield, MA 4: Service Forester Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, Bureau of Forestry, Amherst, MA 5: Special Project Coordinator Forest Stewardship Program, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, Bureau of Forestry, Amherst, MA 6: Consulting Forester Amherst, MA 7: Consulting Forester Williamsburg, MA

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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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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