America's Private Forests: Status And Stewardship by Constance Best

By Constance Best

America's inner most Forests: prestige and Stewardship examines deepest forests within the usa (which represent fifty eight% of U.S. forests) and provides info from a large choice of assets on their prestige, in addition to beneficial info on thoughts for his or her safety, conservation, and administration. it is a reference and knowledge source. The publication offers info, info, and analysis-the fabricated from loads of research-about the kingdom of non-public forests within the U.S. it is a prestige document that places the information into context of outrage for biodiversity. the ultimate bankruptcy deals an motion plan for safeguarding inner most forests, with particular options.

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Pri va te fo re st ownership deserve to be highlighted. Just as forest ownerships, both public and private, form an interc o n n e cted mosaic, these trends interact as well. Their cumulati ve effe cts compound each individual trend. We will examine in turn the growing fr a g m e ntation, sprawling development, and de facto conversion of forest ownerships; the aging of individual fo re st owners; the re structuring of the fo re st industry; and the rise of financial owners. We will also note the emergence of conserva tion ownerships.

These owners—most likely from the same group that gave timber production as a primary reason for and benefit of fo re stland ownership—hold 39% of pri va te fore sts. Forty-three percent of them are industrial owners and 57% nonindustrial. Most forest management plans focus on timber harvest. It is not known to what degree ecological resources are included. Given that so many NIPF owners have multiple goals for their forests, with timber harvest included but not primary, there are great opportunities to expand owner engagement in fo re st management planning if a greater emphasis is placed on overall forest stewardship than on commercial timber harvest.

Befo re this effo rt, a simple comparison of ownership data for the two studies showed an inc rease of some 60 million a c res of fo re stland that is mere ly an artifact of two different fo re st definitions used in the studies. Although even the new analysis shows some i nc rease in the total fo re stland base, it is minimal. We believe the comparison used in table 1-7 more accurately describes the changes in private fo re st ownership that can be deduced from available data. To accomplish more of an “apples-to-apples” comparison between the st u dies, the apparent increase of 60 million acres of fo restland in 1994 than in 1978 had to be addressed.

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