Forest Parcelization in the United States: A Study of Contributing Factors
Abstract: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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: April 1, 2001
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