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America's Private Forests: Challenges for Conservation

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A survey of the literature and experts, including recently released government data, indicates that the long-term viability of privately owned forests in the United States is increasingly threatened by conversion, fragmentation, parcelization, and diminished ecological function. In the face of these threats, those concerned about the future of private forests need to join in a new initiative to more effectively conserve and steward America's private forests. A framework for this initiative is described, as well as key tools to expand forest conservation.

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

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Managing Director Pacific Forest Trust, 416 Aviation Boulevard, Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA, 95403,

Publication date: 2002-04-01

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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.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

    Average time from submission to first decision: 39.6 days*
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