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Regeneration Following Harvest on Nonindusrial Private Pine Sites in the South: A Diffusion of Innovations Perspective

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The "diffusion of innovations" model is used to explain differences between nonindustrial private forest (NIPF) landowners who regenerated their pine stands following harvest and those who did not. It describes how new technologies and practices (regeneration in this case) are adopted by members of a social system. Differences between regenerators and nonregenerators are explained in terms of socioeconomic characteristics, personality variables, and communication behavior. The mass media are the most efficient means to reach NIPF owners, but foresters may have to employ personal contacts or individual mailings to affect NIPF regeneration decisions. Noneconomic models of NIPF landowner behavior can expand our understanding of the forces that shape NIPF timberland management practices. South. J. Appl. For. 11(1):37-41.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: School of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University, and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Mississippi State MS 39762

Publication date: 1987-02-01

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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 Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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