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Southern Pine Beetle Prevention in Florida: Assessing Landowner Awareness, Attitudes, and Actions

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The fragmentation of nonindustrial private forests (NIPF) into progressively smaller parcels presents challenges to landscape-level management of forest pests such as the southern pine beetle (SPB). In a survey of northern Florida NIPF landowners, awareness of the SPB, forest management plan use, importance of timber income, and implementation of preventive management practices all decreased with decreasing ownership size. Small parcel size, expense, and lack of knowledge were frequently cited reasons for lack of forest management. Educational approaches that motivate forest management on small NIPF tracts are needed to promote landscape-level forest health. We discuss some broadly applicable landowner education strategies that may help address this challenge.

Keywords: Dendroctonus frontalis; bark beetle prevention; forest management; landowner education; nonindustrial private forest; parcel size

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2006

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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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