Does Landowner Awareness and Knowledge Lead to Sustainable Forest Management? A Vermont Case Study
Family forest owners control 40% of forestland in the United States. Timber harvesting on family forests represents a critical component of the nation's wood supply. We examined how awareness and knowledge translated into actual forest management practices. We conducted field surveys on 59 family forest properties, coupled with a landowner survey designed to measure landowner engagement. We determined that engaged landowners implemented silviculture and Best Management Practices at a higher level than their less engaged counterparts. Improvement was needed across the board. Forestry Extension professionals should continue to promote and re-enforce awareness and knowledge among landowners.
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Germain, R. H., Ellis, B., & Stehman, S. V. (2014). Does Landowner Awareness and Knowledge Lead to Sustainable Forest Management? A Vermont Case Study. The Journal of Extension, 52(6), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol52/iss6/14