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Professional Forestry Assistance in New Hampshire Timber Sales

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Two hundred and forty private individual forest landowners who harvested timber in New Hampshire during 1987-1988 were surveyed to ascertain their use of professional forestry assistance in marketing timber, identify the sources of assistance, and measure landowners' satisfaction with the assistance and harvest. The harvesters sampled were divided into assisted and nonassisted categories. The two groups differed significantly in terms of management planning, preparation of sale inventories, use of competitive bidding, contact use, and method of harvest. On average, the private individual land-owner using assistance owned more timberland, sold from more acres, merchandized more products from the sale, had slightly higher post-harvest satisfaction rates, and indicated that 95% of their land would still be available for future harvest. By examining the differences and similarities between assisted and unassisted private landowners, methods to enhance the use of assistance in private timber sales are offered. North. J. Appl. For. 9(1):14-18.

Document Type: Journal Article

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

Publication date: 1992-03-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Northern Journal of Applied Forestry covers northeastern, midwestern, and boreal forests in the United States and Canada.
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