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    Author(s): Thomas W. Birch; Donald F. Dennis
    Date: 1980
    Source: Resour. Bull. NE-66. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 90p.
    Publication Series: Resource Bulletin (RB)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    Description

    Seventy-eight percent of Pennsylvania's 15.9 million acres of commercial forest land is in the hands of 490,100 private owners. Landowner information is, therefore, an essential component in obtaining a thorough understanding of Pennsylvania's forest resources. Eighty-six percent of these owners are individuals. A large majority, 63 percent of these owners, live within a mile of their nearest tract and 86 percent own only one tract. Slightly more than half have held woodland for more than 10 years. Forest industries hold only 8 percent of the privately owned forest land. Benefits other than timber production are most important to most landowners, 75 percent have never harvested timber. Slightly more than half of the private owners permit some form of recreational use of their land by the public.

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    Citation

    Birch, Thomas W.; Dennis, Donald F. 1980. The forest-land owners of Pennsylvania. Resour. Bull. NE-66. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 90p.

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