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Examining the Compatibility between Forestry Incentive Programs in the US and the Practice of Sustainable Forest Management
Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology, Utah State University, 216C Old Main Hall, Logan, UT 84322-0730, USA
Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, 301K Green Hall, 1530 Cleveland Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55108-6112, USA
School of Forest Resources, The Pennsylvania State University, 309 Forest Resources Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, P.O. Box 12254, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, USA
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Clemson University, Box 340317, Clemson, SC 29634-0317, USA
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Received: 7 December 2009; in revised form: 12 March 2010 / Accepted: 16 March 2010 / Published: 23 March 2010
Abstract: This research explores the intersection between the various federal and state forestry incentive programs and the adoption of sustainable forestry practices on non-industrial private forest (NIPF) lands in the US. The qualitative research reported here draws upon a series of eight focus groups of NIPF landowners (two each in Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina). Despite minor regional variations, the dominant theme that emerged is that these landowners’ purchase and management decisions are motivated by the “trilogy” of forest continuity, benefit to the owner, and doing the “right thing.” This trilogy is quite consistent with notions of sustainable forestry, but somewhat more at odds with the objectives of many financial incentive programs, as well as specific tactics such as third-party certification. A series of policy recommendations that emerge from this research is presented.
Keywords: land management policies; non-industrial private forests; focus groups; sustainable forestry
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Daniels, S.E.; Kilgore, M.A.; Jacobson, M.G.; Greene, J.L.; Straka, T.J. Examining the Compatibility between Forestry Incentive Programs in the US and the Practice of Sustainable Forest Management. Forests 2010, 1, 49-64.
Daniels SE, Kilgore MA, Jacobson MG, Greene JL, Straka TJ. Examining the Compatibility between Forestry Incentive Programs in the US and the Practice of Sustainable Forest Management. Forests. 2010; 1(1):49-64.
Daniels, Steven E.; Kilgore, Michael A.; Jacobson, Michael G.; Greene, John L.; Straka, Thomas J. 2010. "Examining the Compatibility between Forestry Incentive Programs in the US and the Practice of Sustainable Forest Management." Forests 1, no. 1: 49-64.