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Private Forest Landowners: Estimating Population Parameters

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Private forest landowners (PFLs) own the majority of eastern US forests, which provide a range of benefits including clean air, watershed protection, wildlife habitat, timber production, and recreational opportunities. Research on this population has been conducted for many years but little has been done to standardize sampling methods or procedures for estimating population parameters, thus frustrating comparisons among studies and longitudinal explorations. This article explores the sampling and estimation methods used by the USDA Forest Service to produce estimates of PFL population parameters. The Forest Service estimation equation is reviewed, its functionality is established given broad application, and modifications are suggested to achieve unbiased estimation and provide methodological standardization for future PFL research.

Keywords: methods; national woodland owner survey; nonindustrial private forest landowners; population parameter estimation

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2012-10-01

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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
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