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Willingness of Michigan Landowners to Sell Fuelwood

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Foresters who work with private landowners are involved almost daily with buying, selling, processing, and marketing fuelwood. In a Michigan case study, approximately 20% of the landowners questioned holding over 35% of the forest land said they would sell fuelwood immediately at the market price. Another 25% would sell now, but only at a higher price, whereas 20% were willing to sell but later, generally to meet economic goals. More than 30% said they would never sell fuelwood, but, given the opportunity, evidence suggests some would sell. Owners of small holdings and absentee owners were less willing to sell. Timber stand improvement and wildlife habitat improvement proved strong nonprice incentives. This information should be useful in assessing timber supplies and in designing efforts to interest landowners in improved forest practice. North, J. Appl. For. 1:85-87, Dec. 1984.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Forest Resources, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824

Publication date: December 1, 1984

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