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    Nearly 500,000 acres of nonindustrial private forestland have been brought into higher levels of timber production through long-term increment-based cutting contracts involving local woodland owners and large wood products firms in the South. Through personal interviews with forest industry executives and professional consulting foresters, this study examined the qualitative factors which affect the feasibility of implementing the increment contract in the central Appalachians (Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina) as a means of improving timber production on small private woodlands. Results of the interviews indicated that most nonindustrial private forest owners in the region would be receptive to the guaranteed annual payment provided through the contract. Key changes in the basic agreement will be necessary, however, in order to induce both private landowners and forest products industries to engage in increment contracts. These changes include a shorter contract period, establishment of unit prices for all potential products, and the inclusion of specific mechanisms for adjusting the unit prices for changes in local market and economic conditions.

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    Zinn, Gary W.; Miller, Gary W. 1982. The increment contract: a potential means of increasing timber production from nonindustrial private forests in the central Appalachians. Station Bulletin 675. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station: 26 p.

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