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Forest Parcelization in the United States: A Study of Contributing Factors

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Over the past few decades, the number of nonindustrial private forest landowners in the United States has been increasing while the average size of parcels has been decreasing. This trend is often referred to as forest parcelization. This article reviews the causes of parcelization suggested in the existing literature and attempts to provide some empirical evidence concerning their validity. Death, urbanization, income, regulatory uncertainty, and financial assistance for landowners are found to have significant impacts on the change in average parcel size in the United States.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; fragmentation; natural resource management; natural resources; nonindustrial private forest landowners; parcelization; policy

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Research Associate School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, AL, 36849 2: Associate Professor School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, AL, 36849,

Publication date: April 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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