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The Size of Forest Holding/Parcelization Problem in Forestry: A Literature Review
School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
Southern Research Station, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, P.O. Box 12254, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, USA
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Received: 22 February 2013; in revised form: 2 April 2013 / Accepted: 4 April 2013 / Published: 19 April 2013
Abstract: In the early nonindustrial private forest (family forest) research literature, size of forest holding was identified as a critical variable impacting the propensity of family forest owners to invest in and manage small forest properties. This literature discusses relationships between size of forest holding and variables like forest owners’ financial and asset positions, forest management objectives, use of a forest management plan and professional forestry advice, and use of forestry cost-share funding. Since then, the literature has expanded and now relates to the major problem of forest parcelization. We reviewed this literature for historical themes, technical considerations, and continuing ownership problems, emphasizing the current circumstances of forest parcelization and its historical roots in the size of forest holding problem. Many of the sociological, economic, financial, and technical relationships identified earlier as foundations of the size of forest holding problem are shown to be also fundamental to the parcelization problem in forestry. We suggest that today’s parcelization issues are partially a continuation of the size of forest holding problem and that earlier research may be relevant to parcelization problems. We provide a detailed literature review that relates parcelization to the size of forest holding problem.
Keywords: size of forest holding; nonindustrial private forest (NIPF); family forest; tract size; parcelization; private noncorporate forest owner
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Hatcher, J.E.; Straka, T.J.; Greene, J.L. The Size of Forest Holding/Parcelization Problem in Forestry: A Literature Review. Resources 2013, 2, 39-57.
Hatcher JE, Straka TJ, Greene JL. The Size of Forest Holding/Parcelization Problem in Forestry: A Literature Review. Resources. 2013; 2(2):39-57.
Hatcher, John E.; Straka, Thomas J.; Greene, John L. 2013. "The Size of Forest Holding/Parcelization Problem in Forestry: A Literature Review." Resources 2, no. 2: 39-57.