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    In Mississippi and Alabama, urban population growth is pushing development into rural areas. To study the impact of urbanization on timber harvesting, census and forest inventory data were combined in a geographic information system, and a logistic regression model was used to estimate the relationship between several variables and harvest probabilities. Although proximity to good roads increases the likelihood of harvesting,almost all measures of urbanization--but particularly proximity to development and higher population density--lead to lower harvesting rates. Further, reductions in normal silvicultural harvests outweigh the increases in conversion harvests and lead to a short-run decrease in supply.

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    Barlow, Stephen A.; Munn, Ian A; Cleaves, David A.; Evans, David L. 1998. The Effect of Urban Sprawls on Timber Harvesting. Journal of Forestry, December 1998, Vol. 96, No. 12, pgs. 10-14

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