Comparison Between Regenerators and Non-Regenerators in Mississippi: A Discriminant Analysis

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Nonindustrial private forestland (NIPF) landowners in Mississippi who recently harvested timber were surveyed to examine their regeneration behavior. Differences between regenerators and nonregenerators were investigated by looking at the different factors affecting reforestation decisions. A discriminant analysis was used to identify factors that were useful in differentiating between regenerators and nonregenerators. Ownership size; sociodemographic characteristics such as income, education, place of residence, and age; awareness of existing government incentive/assistance programs; and participation in educational programs were significant variables in differentiating between regenerators and nonregenerators. Landowners who own larger timberlands had a higher propensity to engage in regeneration activities after harvests. This also was true for landowners who had higher income levels and educational attainment, and were younger, city resident, and white. Landowners who were aware of existing government incentive/assistance programs and those who participated in educational programs also were more likely to participate in pine regeneration. Landowners in Mississippi considered both ecological and economic reasons as highly important considerations in their decision to regenerate. The belief that the land would reforest itself to pine naturally, the high cost of reforestation, and lack of information on reforestation options were top reasons cited by landowners for their decision not to regenerate. South. J. Appl. For. 28(4):189–195.

Keywords: NIPF landowners; discriminant analysis; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; nonregenerators; reforestation decision; regenerators

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Division of Forestry West Virginia University 322 Percival Hall Box 6125 Morgantown WV 26506-6125 Phone: (304) 293-2941 ext. 2423;, Fax: (304) 293-2441, Email: kathryn.arano@mail.wvu.edu 2: Department of Forestry, Forest and Wildlife Research Center Mississippi State University Box 9681 Mississippi State MS 39762 3: Social Science Research Center Mississippi State University Box 5287 Mississippi State MS 39762

Publication date: November 1, 2004

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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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