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Property Taxation of Private Forests in the United States: A National Review

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Property taxation incentives are an important tool for influencing the management of the nation's private forests. In 2000, 50 states administered 66 programs that provided preferential tax treatment to forest landowners. These programs vary considerably in type, tax relief, and administration. A survey of state administrators of private forestry programs reveals that forest tax programs are only modestly conforming to standards commonly used to judge tax policy, and only modestly accomplishing the objectives for which they were created. Effective forest property tax programs should be easily understood, provide efficient incentives for sound forest practices, and complement the state's existing forestry programs.

Keywords: economics; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; nonindustrial private forestry; policy

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Research Specialist Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, 115 Green Hall, 1530 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul, MN, 55108-6112, 2: Assistant Professor Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, 115 Green Hall, 1530 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul, MN, 55108-6112, mkilgore@umn.edu 3: Professor Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, 115 Green Hall, 1530 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul, MN, 55108-6112,

Publication date: April 1, 2003

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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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