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A Longitudinal Analysis of Attitudes and Marketing Practices of Non-Industrial Private Forest Landowners

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This paper reports a survey that examined shifts in NIPF owner attitudes and behavior regarding timber marketing over a 9 yr period in a sample of New York NIPF owners. The study found significant deterioration in owners' attitudes toward harvesting over time. Besides pointing out the need for better outreach to owners by foresters and industry, the results suggest caution to those building supply plans which assume substantial increases in NIPF timber harvesting. One of the key deficits in the literature on non-industrial private forest landowners is the absence of longitudinal studies. Such studies are critical in order to properly assess trends and to develop appropriate public policy. The need for these studies is especially great where the economic and social environment for forestry are influx, as at present. This report presents the results of a project designed to examine shifts in Non-industrial private forest landowner (NIPF) management and marketing behavior over time via a longitudinal analysis of data collected on New York owner attitudes before and after a 9 yr period. The report focuses on how landowner decisions have changed regarding how timber is harvested, particularly regarding use of various sources of market information. North. J. Appl. For. 12(4):174-179.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Marketing Department, Bernard M. Baruch College, The City University of New York, 17 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Publication date: 1995-12-01

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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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