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

By Constance Best

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

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Building positi ve regulatory and community relations is essential to mitigating risk and maintaining consistent pro d u ction in their operations. Most industrial fore st companies understand that pri va te property ri g h ts come with responsibilities. With the historic legacy of public mistrust, industrial forest products companies are more positi ve ly engaged in activities to pro te ct or re st o re habita t and water quality than ever before. 3 million acres of land in its SFI program we re covered by some kind of cooperati ve fish and wildlife management agreement with a gove rnment age ncy or conservation organization.

In general, th e re has been a d ownsizing of all ownership classes of 100 acres and large r. 5 million acres being lost to smaller parcels, even the large st landow ners we re reduced in numbers and extent. To cre a te table 1-7, Thomas Birch wo rked with us to analyze and prov i d e a better stati stical match between the data from the 1978 and 1994 st u dies of pri va te fo re stland owners. 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.

In a st u dy of 1,300 Virginia pri va te fo re st landowners, researchers found that both harve sters and nonharve sters rated preservation of nature, scenic values, and wildlife as their top reasons for owning forestland (Hodge and Southard 1992). Similarly, a 1994 survey of pri m a ri ly larger NIPFs in Indiana, Utah, and the Southeast found that the highestrated reasons for fo re st ownership we re preserva tion of wildlife habitat, maintenance of natural beauty, personal recre a tion, and simple sati s f a ction of ownership (Brunson et al.

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